COVID-19 Vaccine Support

McKesson to distribute future COVID-19 vaccines in support of Operation Warp Speed

As announced on August 14, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its partnership with McKesson by exercising a contract option for the distribution of certain pandemic vaccines. McKesson will support the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed team as a centralized distributor of future COVID-19 vaccines and ancillary supplies needed to administer vaccinations. In the centralized model the U.S. government directs McKesson on the distribution of the vaccines and related supplies to point-of-care sites across the country. McKesson makes no decisions on where products are to be distributed.

McKesson will utilize its expertise and capabilities to support the CDC’s efforts to vaccinate everyone in the U.S. who wants to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC and McKesson collaborated similarly in response to the H1N1 pandemic in 2009.

Beyond programs with the CDC, McKesson is the largest seasonal flu vaccine distributor in the U.S., distributing vaccines to public health clinics, hospitals, physician offices, nursing homes, pharmacies and other care facilities.

Future Vaccine Types to be Distributed by McKesson

McKesson will be a centralized distributor of future COVID-19 vaccines that are refrigerated (2-8°C) or frozen (-20°C). Ultra-frozen (-60°C and colder) are not within the scope of McKesson’s contract with the CDC.

Future Vaccine Supplies & Kits

Under the contract with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced on September 23, 2020, McKesson’s Medical-Surgical business will leverage its expertise to manage the assembly of supply kits needed to administer COVID-19 vaccines, including sourcing of some of those supplies. The kits will be produced and distributed to other HHS contractors at the direction of HHS.

Ancillary supply kits will include:

  • Alcohol prep pads
  • Face shields, surgical masks and additional PPE
  • Needles and syringes
  • Vaccine administration sheet for healthcare providers
  • Vaccination record and reminder cards
  • For COVID-19 vaccines that require reconstitution with diluent or mixing with adjuvant at the point of administration, mixing kits with syringes, needles and other needed supplies will also be included

How to Order

Orders will not be placed directly with McKesson. Please reach out to your state, local or tribal health department and/or the CDC.

CDC Resources

For more information about how the U.S. government will manage, distribute and track the dissemination of future COVID-19 vaccines, please review the CDC materials below.