COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers have collectively agreed to release 12 billion vaccine doses globally in 2021, according to McKinsey & Company research, provided they all pass clinical trials. However, turning those vaccines into vaccinations is a colossal undertaking that requires significant coordination.
In January, we announced our Vaccine Administration Management (VAM) solution to simplify that effort. We’ve since added new capabilities to give healthcare professionals greater visibility into vaccine inventory and to give recipients more control over vaccine management and scheduling.
Streamlining the vaccination process
These new capabilities make vaccination scheduling easier for everyone involved: recipients, administrators, and clinicians.
Citizens who need a COVID-19 vaccine no longer have to show up at an undesirable assigned time or wait hours due to overbooked appointments—only to find the clinic has run out of vaccines.
Instead, they can choose the time and date to receive not only their first vaccination dose, but also their second dose, if needed. In addition, contact center agents can book appointments on behalf of recipients.
By the same token, administrators and clinicians now have more control over scheduling and canceling appointments based on vaccine inventory, greatly reducing overbooking issues and wasted doses.
The ability to track inventory in real time puts healthcare professionals in the driver’s seat to open, close, and reschedule appointments as needed based on the inventory available.
As part of the VAM update, organizations that manage multiple vaccination sites gain the ability to specify appointment slots, inventory, and available hours based on location instead of globally across their organization.
Toward a healthier future
On the heels of President Biden’s March 11 announcement that all U.S. adults should be eligible for the vaccine by May 1, ServiceNow® VAM offers a way for citizens to be vaccinated sooner—and more conveniently.
Children’s Minnesota pediatric health system used VAM to vaccinate 1,400 staff members, caregivers, and other community members in only 11 hours. In addition, the hospital system decreased vaccination wait times from three hours for walk-ins to 20 minutes by transitioning to an appointment model in collaboration with ServiceNow.
With more people vaccinated, we’ll be able to turn our attention to managing COVID-19 in the workplace. Toward that effort, the new ServiceNow Vaccination Status app provides a secure portal for employees and stakeholders to submit documentation about health vaccinations in conjunction with the workplace policy.
Vaccination Status is part of the ServiceNow Safe Workplace Suite, which includes a collection of apps that help enable a safe transition back to the workplace. Other apps in the suite include:
New features are available now in Vaccine Administration Management from the ServiceNow Store. Caregiver scheduling options will be available in April.
We look forward to working with our customers to get the world vaccinated so we can all get back to our lives and our loved ones.
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