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The CDC’s data tracker compiles data from healthcare facilities and public health authorities. It updates daily to report the total number of COVID-19 vaccines that have been distributed to each state and the total number each state has administered. North Dakota and South Dakota are being recognized nationally for their COVID-19 vaccine administration efforts; ranking at the top for administering the highest percentage of vaccines received. 

Great Plains QIN was recently enlisted to help increase COVID-19, influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates in both states. We are excited for this opportunity and hope to build on the successful efforts underway. This is part of a national, cohesive effort funded by CMS; Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) across the country are being tasked to assist.

“We believe if we work together to coordinate messages, share resources and offer joint learning opportunities, we can collectively combat vaccine hesitancy and increase vaccine confidence in our nursing homes and the community at large. We value our partnership and want to work together to reduce duplication and decrease provider burden, If your organization is currently planning trainings or have projects underway that we could support or promote, please let us know,” shared Dee Kaser, Great Plains  QIN Quality Improvement Advisor.

If you have questions or information to share, contact Great Plains QIN Quality Improvement Advisors Dee Kaser, RN, CDCES at or Tammy Wagner, RN, LSSGB, CADDCT, CDP at

Thanks for supporting our mission of making healthcare in our region the best in the nation. For more information on our efforts, visit our Quality Care Coalition web page.