BURLINGTON, Mass., February 3, 2021 — Everbridge, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVBG), the global leader in critical event management (CEM), today announced that the State of West Virginia, utilizing the company’s Vaccine Distribution software platform to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations across the state, administered nearly 100% of first round doses. Since the launch of the Everbridge vaccine registration system, 156,000 residents registered to receive the vaccine. West Virginia also became the first state in the nation to complete its second round of COVID-19 vaccinations at all nursing homes and assisted living facilities statewide and immunized all teachers over the age of 50 that opted to take the vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), West Virginia has given out more second doses per capita than any other state, with more than three percent of the population fully vaccinated.
Highlighting West Virginia’s successful vaccine distribution, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a press announcement identifying Everbridge’s vaccine distribution software platform for ‘providing a statewide, coordinated and high-capacity alternative to residents.’ The press release points to the value of the Everbridge system in ‘helping West Virginia line up residents for the vaccine,’ providing ‘real-time updates on vaccine availability – by email, text or phone,’ and enabling residents to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated as supplies allow.
As West Virginia Governor Jim Justice explained on CBS News’ Face The Nation, “We’re saving lives. We’re putting our kids back in school. West Virginia has been the ‘diamond in the rough’ that a lot of people have missed. We’re first in the nation on being able to test all the people in our nursing homes. That’s why we’re leading the nation. We didn’t sit on our hands. We acted. We’ve got to get shots in people’s arms, and every day we put a shot in somebody’s arm, we’re saving a life.”
West Virginia also represents as the only state in the country to prioritize school employees as essential, moving them to elevated status to receive the vaccine. Governor Justice reiterated that all teachers, service personnel, and other school employees who are interested in being vaccinated should register on the Everbridge portal, which allows for those signing up to list their occupation and place of work.
“We are honored to support Governor Justice and the state of West Virginia in their success to keeping their citizens safer through effective vaccine distribution,” said David Meredith, CEO of Everbridge. “Solving this public health crisis faster will unlock the ability for governments to fully re-open economies for the betterment of all states, people and businesses.”
Continued Meredith, “As Governor Justice has said, we believe this represents a model that can be stood up very quickly for other states and municipalities to help with their efforts in ensuring a successful distribution of the vaccine.”
In January 2021, Everbridge launched COVID-19 Shield™: Vaccine Distribution, an extension to its CEM platform supporting the full spectrum of organizations that develop, manufacture, transport, distribute, regulate, and administer the coronavirus vaccine. The offering also provides governments with a single, unified platform to expedite vaccine coordination, communication and distribution for residents. Recent deployments of Everbridge’s CEM Platform to power the digital vaccination distribution system, include the entire state population of West Virginia, Leon County Department of Health, the County of Sarasota, Florida, and other public and private sector organizations.
With Everbridge’s COVID-19 Shield™: Vaccine Distribution, customers gain capabilities to: coordinate the number of residents or employees who have been vaccinated, manage population density and access to office buildings based on vaccination status, and receive timely alerts when someone report signs of illness so they can quickly respond to safeguard the community.
The new Everbridge COVID-19 Shield™: Vaccine Distribution software solution includes the following features among the suite’s broader CEM capabilities:
- Enhanced COVID-19 Risk Feed showcasing vital real-time information, including the incidence of new virus strains and vaccine related intelligence;
- Crisis Management Module to follow, log and audit the transport, handling, and/or administration of the vaccine;
- Vaccine Distribution Logistics Service to provide situational awareness to better manage vaccine supply chains;
- Customized Employee Surveys to help confirm whether employees have received the vaccine;
- Appointment Management Tool to help manage the scheduling, tracking and communications of vaccine administration; and
- Out-of-Box Workflows in Smart Orchestration to help improve distribution management, such as vaccine appointment follow-ups.
To learn more about how the public and private sector can collaborate to better facilitate vaccine delivery, read our blog “The Power of Collaboration in Vaccine Distribution Management.”