LSU department helping state with COVID-19 vaccine planning

The LSU National Center for Biomedical Research and Training is partnering with the state’s public health agencies to assist in COVID-19 vaccine planning.

LSU NCBRT’s Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education, or LSU NCBRT/ACE, has participated in a multi-agency COVID-19 communications work group, working with the Louisiana Office of Public Health to produce videos that can help providers enroll in the vaccine distribution process. Currently, LSU NCBRT/ACE is working on a video that providers can show to vaccine recipients during their 15-minute post-vaccination observation period that highlights best practices and important information for individuals who have received their shots.

Additionally, the department has conducted two large-scale virtual tabletop exercises with members from the Louisiana Department of Health, OPH, the Louisiana National Guard, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and other key stakeholders to walk through scenarios that could hinder the vaccination effort, such as hurricanes and power outages, among other logistical issues.

“These exercises were important for state agencies because they got people thinking about all the different types of challenges that may come up during a mass vaccination event,” says Jerry Monier, LSU NCBRT/ACE’s associate director for research and development and leader for the vaccination collaboration project. 

When the pandemic began, the department developed online resources that address COVID-19 preparedness and response, including Zoom courses, podcasts, a Moodle e-learning platform and more. Since then, the department has been regularly providing assistance and guidance to the LDH and OPH.

LSU NCBRT/ACE is a nationally recognized center for emergency preparedness that provides training for first responders around the country. One of its areas of expertise is preparing for, responding to and recovering from large-scale biological events.