As the ESF-8 agency, the HD is tasked with setting up and running Point of Dispensing (PODs) for medical countermeasures. The need for medical countermeasure dispensing at a POD or vaccination clinic follows a public health emergency that overwhelms the local health care systems’ available resources and results in the actual or anticipated depletion of antibiotics, vaccines, and other medical and pharmaceutical supplies. An incident of this magnitude may stem from the intentional or unintentional release of a biological or chemical agent. Such incidents may also arise from nature, such as pandemic influenza.
Public and private facilities in Hamilton County may opt to be a Closed POD. A closed POD is not open to the public and is run by the facility to dispense medications to those associated with the facility including family members. Closed PODs allow businesses to continue operating with minimal disruption and eases the burden on public, open PODs.
If your facility has at least 500 persons needing coverage and you’d like to become a closed POD, please use the link below to contact us.