AIRA Press Room

Welcome to the AIRA Press Room. If you're looking for our latest news releases, news coverage, or more information about AIRA and immunization information systems (IIS), you're in the right place. You can also review our AIRA Press Kit or keep scrolling for the same great information.

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Media Inquiries

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Rebecca Coyle, Executive Director

Rebecca oversees the organization and its role in the development and promotion of tools and best practices to support the implementation of IIS as an essential tool in preventing and controlling vaccine-preventable diseases. Rebecca began her work in the immunization community in 2002. Rebecca has been quoted in USA Today, Politico, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and WIRED, and featured in stories on NBC News. She’s appeared on CNN Newsroom with Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow, The New Republic’s The Politics of Everything podcast, and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.

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Mary Beth Kurilo, Senior Director of Health Informatics

Mary Beth oversees the AIRA Immunization (IZ) Gateway, Immunization Integration Program, and Standards and Analytics teams. She has worked in the IIS community for over a decade. Mary Beth is also a public health consultant with the Public Health Informatics Institute. Mary Beth has been quoted in several publications, including Modern Healthcare magazine, CNN, Bloomberg, USA Today, and Quartz, and has been featured in stories on CNBC.

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Lonnie Peterson, Communications Specialist

Lonnie manages media relations activities for AIRA. She develops, implements, and evaluates AIRA’s communications program to effectively
communicate the purpose and value of IIS and the role of AIRA in the public health community. Prior to AIRA, Lonnie was a public information officer at the Washington State Board of Health and communications specialist at the Washington State Department of Health.

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AIRA's Response to COVID-19

AIRA's role in the COVID-19 vaccine response is to support our members

AIRA is working hard to support our members in this unprecedented time. IIS are instrumental in the management and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. AIRA is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's lead to identify how to best support jurisdictions.

Here are some examples of how we provide support to our members:

  • Serve as a centralized forum to unify IIS efforts and develop a shared set of priorities to ensure readiness.
  • Highlight the importance of IIS infrastructure and the role IIS can play in COVID-19 response.
  • Coordinate and align with national partners on policy, infrastructure, and funding.
  • Develop and disseminate resources, guidance, technical assistance, education, and training.
  • Assess how to best support efforts to evaluate and address the impact of COVID-19 on routine immunization and vaccination coverage of children and adults.
  • Support preparations for the potential for multiple outbreaks and/or concurrent vaccination campaigns.

Information about AIRA and IIS


Topics We Cover

We want to be as helpful as possible but will only speak to topics within our scope and practice

Here's some topics we're happy to cover:

  • What IIS are and why they're important.
  • How IIS are used by health care providers to track immunizations.
  • The role of IIS in vaccine distribution and rollout (routine immunizations and COVID-19).
  • How and why vaccine doses administered are tracked in IIS.
  • Completeness, accuracy, and timeliness of IIS data.
  • Challenges our members have faced during COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
  • Challenges with onboarding new and non-traditional providers for COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
  • State laws and policies and the role they play in IIS data collection and use.
  • Data reporting requirements to CDC.
  • Data reporting delays and potential impacts.
  • Equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • How IIS, electronic health records, pharmacy systems, and others can connect and share data by supporting standards-based data exchange and interoperability.
  • The role of IIS in vaccination coverage.
  • Funding challenges and their impact on the public health response, especially during a pandemic with a large-scale vaccine response.
  • The impact of COVID-19 vaccines on routine immunizations.
  • The Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act.
  • Vaccine credentialing efforts.

Where to Go for More Information

If you didn't find what you needed in this press kit, below are some contacts at our sister organizations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Contact CDC for information on COVID-19 vaccine response systems, such as VAMS, Tiberius, VTrckS, IZ Gateway, COVID-19 Clearinghouse, etc.; COVID-19 vaccination data; how to interpret COVID-19 vaccination data.

Association of Immunization Managers (AIM)
Contact AIM for information on state and local COVID-19 response work, immunization policy and program development, and allocation of immunization resources.

Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO)
Contact ASTHO for health agency media contact information, specific state or territory media inquiries, local perspectives on immunizations and other public health topics, and information on public health policy and state-based public health practice.

Immunization Action Coalition
Contact IAC for information on increasing immunization rates; educational materials for health professionals and the public; and safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines.

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)


Press Releases

March 31, 2021

Immunization registries not immune to COVID-19 challenges, but succeeding nonetheless


AIRA in the News

May 8, 2021

Officials are urging people not to forge Covid-19 vaccine cards. Here's why it matters
CNN

April 16, 2021

Pharmacies Ask for Lots of Info to Book a COVID-19 Vaccine. What Happens to That Data?
Consumer Reports

April 7, 2021

Vax Passports Rile Right
Politico

April 7, 2021

'We're Apollo 13-ing this vaccine rollout'
USA Today

March 31, 2021

The next vaccine challenge: Building a workable 'passport' app
NBC News

March 30, 2021

The Health 202: It's fair to be concerned about vaccine passports. But they wouldn't violate HIPAA law.
The Washington Post

March 17, 2021

Will Vaccine Passport Requirements Be A Shot In The Arm For Air Travel?
Hot Air

March 12, 2021

Faulty Software Snarls Vaccine Sign-Ups
The New York Times

March 12, 2021

Hunt for vaccine slots often leads through scheduling maze
AP

March 3, 2021

Vaccine passports: false dawn or golden ticket?
Politico

March 2, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Slows Race to Defang the Virus
The Pew Charitable Trusts