COVID vaccine distribution and prioritization 2020 (New Jersey Department Of Health)

Emma Ockerman filed this request with the Department of Health of New Jersey .
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W167168

Multi Request COVID vaccine distribution and prioritization 2020
Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Emma Ockerman


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

The CDC has ordered every state to create a vaccine distribution plan:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/12/01/vaccine-priority-groups-covid/

Therefore, I request the following information:
- Any and all correspondence between this agency and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about vaccine priority, including emails, presentations, recordings, photographs, and memos, about vaccine distribution and prioritization plans
- Any and all correspondence between this agency and stakeholders (including private companies and their representatives and their attorneys, nonprofit groups, advisory committees, elected officials, and county-and-local health officials) including emails, presentations, recordings, photographs, and memos about vaccine distribution and prioritization plans
- Any documents about or referring to algorithms, computer programs, partnerships, or software that will be used to help determine vaccine priority and distribution
- Any presentations, pdfs, or legal analyses about vaccine priority and distribution
- Any communication with law enforcement (state, local, or national) about vaccine priority and distribution plan

Please search from October 1, 2020 until the day this request is processed.

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The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 7 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Ockerman

From: Department of Health

Dear Ms Ockerman:

This will respond to the referenced request for government records. In seeking "Any and all correspondence," "Any documents," "Any presentations, pdfs, or legal analyses," and "Any communication," the request is overbroad and improper, and fails to identify the specific records sought. Therefore, the government records law, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1, et seq., obliges me to deny the referenced request. The request is further improper to the extent it seeks attorney-client privileged and/or interagency or intra-agency advisory, consultative, and deliberative materials.

Even if the request was proper, it is unlikely that the Division of Management and Administration would hold government records of the nature the referenced request suggests. See this page for a list of program areas within the Division of Management and Administration: https://www.nj.gov/health/opra/requests<https://www.nj.gov/health/opra/requests/#17>

Without waiving these and other available exemptions from and objections to disclosure, and assuming that you are referring to CoViD-19 vaccination, in an effort to assist you, I advise you that the Department has established a CoViD-19 vaccination information page on the Department's website, which contains materials that might be of interest to you, at https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/covid2019_vaccination.shtml. See also https://www.nj.gov/health/news/2020/approved/20201218a.shtml.

Sincerely,

Genevieve Raganelli, Regulatory Officer
Custodian of Records for the Division of Management and Administration
New Jersey Department of Health
(609) 376-0932

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