Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Updated Feb. 18, 2021

For questions specifically related to COVID-19 or COVID-19 vaccination, please visit Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC.

Who is the intended audience for this event?

The Forum is focused on providing information on promising practices and practical tools to inform vaccine implementation in communities across the country. This virtual event will bring together practitioners as well as those who can champion vaccine uptake in all communities.

Practitioners, include representatives of organizations focused on vaccine implementation in communities from

  • State, tribal, local, and territorial public health departments
  • Healthcare system providers and administrators, and their national affiliate organizations
  • Pharmacies
  • Medical and public health academic institutions
  • Community-based health service organizations

Champions include leaders at every level of

  • Government
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Philanthropy/non-profits
  • Union/labor associations
  • Private sector
  • Media
  • Education
  • Social and civic organization

What are the goals of the Forum?

The Forum aims to advance the goals of the Biden-Harris administration’s  National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparednesspdf iconexternal icon; ensure information is exchanged about innovative strategies and promising practices to promote effective and equitable vaccine administration; use data to drive vaccine implementation and respond to gaps; and provide support and technical assistance to states and jurisdictions seeking to administer vaccine equitably, safely, and quickly to as many people as possible in communities across the country.  Learn more about the Forum.

How do I register?

You can register for the Forum at: National Forum for COVID-19 Vaccine webpage. Registered attendees should check their email for regular updates.

What is the format of the Forum?

  • Promising Practice Plenaries: On each day of the Forum, Plenary sessions will set the stage for sharing the latest science and progress operationalizing the Biden-Harris Administration’s National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness. These sessions will introduce perspectives and information from federal leaders and other critical community partners. They will include a panel discussion highlighting promising practices across the three key themes: building trust and vaccine confidence, data to drive vaccine implementation, and optimizing and maximizing equitable vaccine access in communities.
  • Practitioner Town Hall Discussions: Concurrent Town Hall Discussions will follow the plenaries. Town Hall Discussions are an opportunity for 3–5 leaders from state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments, local governments, national and community-based non-governmental organizations, academia, and the private sector to share promising practices for vaccine implementation, including challenges, successes, and considerations for replicating and adapting programs and projects across communities. These moderated “fireside chats” will provide an opportunity for participant engagement and questions.

More information regarding the Practitioner Town Hall Discussions, including details on who should attend, is available with registration.

What is the agenda?

The National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine agenda is being finalized and will be updated as speakers are confirmed.

How will attendees participate in the sessions?

All registered attendees will receive a link and sign-in information to the Forum website. Attendees will be able to access the Promising Practice Plenary sessions each day of the Forum. Those who are registered for Practitioner Town Hall Discussions will also receive Zoom call-in information for those sessions. More information regarding Zoom technical questions is availableexternal icon.

Who do I contact for questions during the virtual event?

Please contact COVIDVaccineForum@cdc.gov for content questions during the event. For technical questions regarding Zoom issues during the Forum, please contact: mobilesolutions@encoreglobal.com.

What software is required to participate?

The Forum will be a fully virtual event using Zoom. All you will need is a computer, phone, or tablet and an internet connection. Instructions on how to access the virtual portal and sessions will be provided after registration. More information regarding Zoom technical questions is availableexternal icon.

What if I need reasonable accommodations?

CDC encourages full participation by people with disabilities. The Forum will be captioned. Attendees who require additional reasonable accommodations for this event should indicate that need on the registration form or contact COVIDVaccineForum@cdc.gov as soon as possible. More information regarding Zoom technical questions is availableexternal icon.

Will I be able to access the Forum if I cannot attend the day of?

Recordings of the Promising Practice Plenaries will be available online following the event and shared with all registered attendees. Recorded Practitioner Town Halls will also be made available.

Will press be engaged in the Forum?

Promising Practice Plenaries are open for anyone to attend, including members of the press. Media specific programming will be announced in the CDC Newsroom.

Do I have to participate in all three days of the Forum?

No, you can register for the parts of the Forum most applicable to your work and interests. See Who is the intended audience for this event?  for additional information.

Is there a cost for attending?

No, there is no cost for attending the Forum.

Is anyone welcome to attend the Forum?

The main audience of the Forum are practitioners, although the Forum also will include content that speaks to a variety of audiences, with sessions open to the public and Town Halls with strategies tailored to meet specific practitioners’ needs.

How many people can attend the Plenary Sessions?

The Promising Practice Plenaries are open to anyone who is registered.

Where can I learn more about the Forum?

For the latest information, updates, and resources on The National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine, visit the event website.