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Designing a Vaccine Model to Help Save Lives in Connecticut

Public Sector Solutions, Health


Helped the State of Connecticut vaccinate 70% of its adult population

During the first three months of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in the U.S., vaccine demand far exceeded supply. This put pressure on states to distribute their limited allocation across thousands of providers as efficiently and equitably as possible.

To address this challenge, Social Finance worked with the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) to develop a baseline allocation model that guaranteed each vaccine provider in the state a minimum number of doses on a weekly basis.

Data and analytics formed the backbone of our Covid vaccine roll-out. We used daily dashboards to understand where vaccines were needed most and adapted allocations accordingly—helping to ensure we were being both equitable and efficient in our distribution.

Benjamin Bechtolsheim

Former Director, Connecticut Department of Public Health

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When combined with the DPH’s inventory dashboard—which monitored each provider’s efficiency in administering its dose allocation—the state of Connecticut was able to both provide predictability for individual providers administering vaccines and retain flexibility to achieve the program’s statewide goals.

The baseline model served as the foundation, allowing the state to remain agile in an ever-changing environment. It helped Social Finance and DPH ensure an equitable distribution approach, react quickly to new information, and mobilize plans within hours. As a result of the trusting relationships built with providers across the state, Connecticut became one of the first states to achieve the Biden Administration’s goal of vaccinating 70% of its adult population with at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

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