The availability of pandemic influenza vaccine early in a pandemic will be limited in quantity due to the time requires to develop a well-matched pandemic vaccine and by the capacity to produce it. The Federal Government's strategy for prioritization of vaccines will be targeted to support national pandemic response goals of mitigating pandemic impact on health and minimizing societal and economic disruption.
Draft interagency policy guidance for prioritization of vaccine would divide target groups into tiers. The number of tiers to be vaccinated would depend on the quantity of vaccine which is available. The target groups which would be included in each tier will vary based upon the severity of the epidemic as defined under the categories found in Appendix C of this plan. At the time of publication of the DOI plan, epidemiological modeling and policy coordination activities necessary to complete the prioritization scheme had not be completed.
To determine Departmental requirements for allocation of vaccine, Bureau and Office pandemic planning shall include identification of personnel who are in the following categories. Some of these categories will include few if any DOI personnel. All personnel counted within the following categories should be designated by their Bureau or Office as either Mission Critical Emergency Employees or Emergency Employees. If employee(s) appear to fit multiple groups, include them in the first group in which they fit in the following list:
Groups that are of high risk for severe and fatal infection in past pandemics differ by age or susceptibility factors. Although it is not yet known whether vaccine may become available via employee health offices for members of the general workforce, Bureaus only are requested to estimate the size of their workforce, not including employees designated under the Bureau and Office Planning for Essential Personnel section above, which will meet the following criteria at any given time: