Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) Program Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other federal agencies, and state public health departments need real-time or near-real-time data on early mass COVID-19 vaccine administration. Federal response leaders expect dose-level accountability, from the time vaccine leaves the manufacturer until vaccine is administered.

Our current nationwide network of immunization information systems (IISs) cannot consistently provide real-time data, so CDC developed the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS) to meet this need.

VAMS is an easy-to-use, secure, online tool to manage vaccine administration from the time the vaccine arrives at a clinic until it is administered to a recipient. VAMS is free for public health-approved clinics, and can be used on computers, tablets, and other mobile devices. It is not a smartphone app, and no installation or download is required for this web-based platform. VAMS has robust security that is shared with Amazon Web Services, which is certified by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). The guidelines used for VAMS hardware and/or software components are covered in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-53 Revision 4, which addresses 376 Security Controls covering all security concerns to address the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information contained within VAMS.

Timely gathering of vaccination data for analysis is critical in ongoing vaccination efforts. VAMS allows for gathering and analysis of real-time or near-real-time vaccination data in vaccination clinics.

VAMS has four modules:

Select, New, and Future Functionality

Multiple rounds of requirement assessments, demonstrations, and testing with internal and external stakeholders have informed the design of user-friendly screens and customized workflows for each type of user.

Contact Information for Interested Jurisdictions, Federal Agencies, or Other Organizations

Please contact your CDC IIS subject matter experts, CDC federal program liaison, or iisinfo@cdc.gov.

Page last reviewed: February 17, 2021