Disaster preparedness continues to be priority locally, and on Thursday health officials in Oneida County practiced how to get medication out to the community during a disease outbreak.
The state Department of Health helped put on a Point of Dispensing (POD) Exercise at Mohawk Valley Community College on Thursday so that Oneida County Health Department officials could assess their ability to get vaccination to the community. Officials say that a Point of Dispensing Exercise is meant to identify sites where health officials could administer potentially lifesaving medication or vaccination to the public when a large part of the community’s health is at risk.
The scenario of this POD Exercise involved a grocery store worker with a case of Hepatitis A, and customers who bought fruit from the store were at risk. The drill focused on administering a fake vaccine to 40 patients per hour.
Health officials say that by using Points of Dispensing, it reduces the spread of an outbreak.
In real-life emergency health scenarios, the Oneida County 911 Center would also issue text alerts to let residents know where the nearest POD would be.