Medical Countermeasures & Points of Dispensing
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.
- 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
Medical Countermeasure Dispensing