The Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) has coordinated with Amazon to ensure organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response in the Commonwealth can purchase critically needed personal protective equipment (PPE) through Amazon Business on a prioritized basis. This opportunity is available to hospitals, health clinics, doctor’s offices, and other medical care providers.
In order to participate in this program, a business must first sign up on Amazon Business. The link to sign up can be accessed here.
As with many other supply chain routes, PPE supplies through Amazon are limited based on current demand and inbound shipments. Nevertheless, this option can serve as a prioritized source of PPE for Virginia’s medical providers that are experiencing disruptions in their normal supply chain.
To address the shortage of PPE, the Battelle Memorial Institute has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to offer healthcare providers use of the CCDS Critical Care Decontamination System™ to decontaminate N95 respirator masks for re-use at no cost.
Battelle has put together a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for healthcare providers and first responders to explain the process and give step-by-step instructions for hospitals, practices, and clinics to enroll.
There is another source for PPE that brings Virginia businesses together to both source and obtain PPE. The Virginia Manufacturer’s Association has partnered with Virginia businesses to create a website that serves as a clearinghouse for businesses seeking PPE.