Working in a Point of Dispensing

Medical Countermeasures & Points of Dispensing
Online Course
1 hour
University at Albany, SUNY
New York-New Jersey PERLC

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There are a number of situations where local public health departments might need to mobilize a point of distribution (POD) to dispense medication or vaccinate a large group of people. Working in a POD provides you with an understanding of what a POD is, how it operates, and what functional roles you may be assigned as a volunteer serving in a POD.

Learning Objectives: 
  • The purpose of a POD
  • The general process flow of a public health POD
  • How POD operations function within the National Incident Management System (NIMS) structure and Incident Command System (ICS) chain of command
  • How public health POD operations will function in collaboration with first responders and other community-based agencies utilizing the ICS structure
  • How public health POD operations will be activated
  • Emergency response functional roles within a typical public health POD operation
PHEP Capabilities: 
Medical Countermeasure Dispensing