Spc. Katherine Deskins of the Nevada Army National Guard administers a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination to Federal Emergency Management Agency Urban Search and Rescue Personnel Director Dennis West on the primary day of Clark County’s pilot vaccination program at Cashman Center on January 14, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking bids on two contracts price $3 billion to hire 1000’s of medical personnel to assist employees federal and state Covid vaccine websites across the nation.
The company expects to begin taking bids as quickly as subsequent week and hopes to award the contracts in early to mid-March, in accordance to a 13-page description of the contract launched this week to gauge business curiosity. A consultant for FEMA confirmed to CNBC that the company is “proactively engaging with industry” to put together to assist state and federally managed vaccination websites administer the pictures.
President Joe Biden introduced final month his administration’s plan to deploy FEMA and different federal personnel to construct and assist employees Covid vaccine websites in a transfer to ramp up the tempo of vaccinations. But the variety of folks educated and authorized to really administer the pictures has been a constraint.
FEMA mentioned the $3 billion will assist pay for an estimated 5,000 licensed medical staff who shall be deployed to varied vaccination websites throughout the nation. The contracts will seemingly run for six months however might be prolonged to 18 months if wanted, FEMA mentioned.
FEMA plans to divide the contracts into two territories masking the East and West. Facilities that might obtain staffing by the contracts embrace native and community-based hospitals, state-managed websites in addition to federally supported and federally managed websites, FEMA mentioned.
The contractors, FEMA mentioned, shall be accountable for making certain correct storage and dealing with of all vaccine doses at their websites. The personnel may even put together and administer the pictures in addition to observe sufferers after they have been immunized in case of antagonistic reactions. Other administrative work resembling scheduling appointments and receiving sufferers, nevertheless, will fall on the positioning’s personal employees, not that of the contractors, FEMA mentioned.
Considering the projected timeline of the awards, the duty orders will seemingly be used to ramp up vaccinations this spring as the federal government opens up eligibility for the vaccines to extra of the inhabitants. The federal authorities is already launching an preliminary rollout this week of its partnership with a handful of retail pharmacies to improve the variety of websites administering the pictures.
Those pharmacy chains, resembling CVS Health and Walgreens, have been staffing up eligible vaccinators for months in anticipation for the rollout. FEMA’s anticipated job orders additionally will seemingly assist publicly run websites to improve their capability to administer pictures.