CISA Support to the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout


CISA is working with the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, and other government partners to support the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the U.S., including support to the Federal COVID-19 Response. As part of the unified federal effort, CISA brings expertise in risk analysis and mitigation approaches, cyber and physical security, supply chain security, and critical infrastructure partnerships. CISA’s Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers list has been widely used by state and local governments to aid their prioritization decisions throughout the pandemic, and more recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  used the ECIW as one means to inform the CDC’s prioritization recommendations for vaccine distribution.

  • The “CISA Guidelines for 911 Centers: Mitigate COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Communication” was developed to allow the sharing of best practices to prepare for high volume communication around vaccine roll-out programs, and recommendations to avoid multiple types of communication disruptions.
  • The CISA Insight, “COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy within the Critical Infrastructure Workforce” provides an overview of COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy and steps that critical infrastructure owners and operators can take to reduce the risk and encourage vaccine acceptance across their critical sectors’ workforce.
  • Critical Infrastructure Frequently Asked Questions - COVID-19 Vaccine
  • CISA developed the Physical Security for Cold Storage Locations to provide a physical security checklist for private sector entities, cold storage facility owners/operators, and state/local government officials who will participate in the handling and distribution of COVID-19 vaccine related materials (i.e., kits, PPE).
  • CISA developed the Primer on Safe & Efficient Handling of Dry Ice to help cold storage facility owners and operators ensure they are safely and efficiently handling dry ice.
  • CISA developed the Critical Questions and Considerations for Cold Chain, Storage, and Dry Ice Operation to inform and assist in further reducing risk to these life-saving efforts. These risks elevate the importance for the security and integrity of myriad of entities receiving, transporting, housing, and distributing COVID-19 vaccines.
  • CISA recommends that Owners/Operators of Cold Storage facilities prepare for attacks targeting the cold chain, remain vigilant to alerts and activity in this space, have contingency plans in place, and know who to contact for help.
  • Organizations involved in the development and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine should take proactive measures to enhance their overall physical security posture. To achieve secure and resilient vaccine distribution, workers along the supply chain and vaccine recipients should use available resources to assess suggested mitigation methods against physical security attacks.

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