A collection of 62 obscure state and local agencies may end up being crucial players in the fight against coronavirus once vaccines become available.
They’re known as immunization registries and they keep track of children’s – and increasingly adults’ – immunizations.
Vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the disease COVID-19 are expected to require two doses, given a month or so apart, and come in several types. That’s a recipe for disaster without a central repository to know who got what vaccine and when.
Imagine this scenario: You get your first coronavirus shot at a local health department clinic. A month later, when it’s time for your follow-up, you go to your doctor or a local pharmacy.
“They’ll need to know which one you got, when you got it and double-check when you’re due for your second dose,” said Dr. Kelly Moore, associate director of immunization education with