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Identify a challenge related to the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and propose a solution.

As hundreds of thousands of new COVID-19 infections are reported daily in the United States, a safe and effective vaccine seems like the greatest promise of ending this pandemic.  Yet, the approval of a vaccine represents only the first step to another national challenge: successfully distributing an effective vaccine to the American public.


Photo: "Flu Vaccination Grippe" by Daniel Paquet is licensed CC BY 2.0

Please submit your proposed solution by January 29, 2021, by 10:00 a.m. PST through THIS FORM.

Students whose ideas are selected as winning entries will receive coaching from the BCIL and have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Bob McDonald, who served under President Obama. Secretary McDonald was recently appointed by President-elect Joe Biden to serve on his transition team advisory board after an impressive career as a civil servant, a corporate leader as Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO of Procter & Gamble, and a proud army Veteran. 

Submissions will be judged by a panel of judges based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation: Is the proposed solution creative and unique?

  • Feasibility: How realistic is the proposed solution, and how would it generate buy-in? 

  • Impact: How significantly will the proposed solution improve the delivery of a vaccine? 

Students 13 years and older may submit their proposed solutions on their own. If a student is under 13 years old, a parent or guardian must submit the proposed solution for the student.

Guiding Questions

Your submission can address individual or multiple challenges, and you should feel free to explore additional questions not listed below.


How do we determine who has access to the vaccine and when?

How do we balance protecting the most vulnerable populations with concerns about the safety of a vaccine?

Should a vaccine be required?



How and where should a vaccine be distributed and how can this be done safely during the pandemic?

How do we provide and transport all of the required materials?

How do we ensure the availability and protection of medical staff who administer a vaccine?


How should the government communicate effectively to the general public about a vaccine?

How should the government communicate effectively to doctors and distribution centers about a vaccine?

What role can local organizations play in increasing community voice and access to reliable information about a vaccine?