Emergency Pharmaceutical Distribution

Emergency Pharmaceutical Distribution

Utilizing Points of Dispensing Locations in the Event of an Emergency

In the event of a public health emergency, the Health Department is the Will County agency responsible for distribution of pharmaceuticals (antibiotic medications) to the entirety of Will County and any other areas of responsibility by utilizing Points of Dispensing (POD) centers. Points of Dispensing are locations throughout the County which could be used to distribute medications in the event of a health emergency. The Emergency Preparedness and Response Division will undertake a leading role in that process. The staff of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Division has also played a key role in developing The Will County Pharmaceutical Distribution Plan. This plan serves as the protocol for the request, receipt, staging, public notification, and distribution of pharmaceuticals from both the Illinois Pharmaceutical Stockpile and the Strategic National Stockpile provided via the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention respectively. The WCHD reserves the right to enact only portions of this plan if a full-scale distribution is not required.

Since the full support of Will County municipalities and government agencies is paramount in order to effectively carry out the operation of this plan. The Health Department's Emergency Preparedness & Response staff has offered numerous presentations to these government entities in an effort to forge the necessary relationships which will facilitate a smooth operation in the event the plan is activated. Support has been overwhelming from these agencies..

Useful Links:

CDC Strategic National Stockpile

HHS Public Health Emergency; Medical Countermeasures


Strategic National Stockpile

Source of Medicine in Public Health Emergencies

The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is the United States source of medicine and medical supplies in a public health emergency.  In the event of an emergency, state and local public health agencies may be supplied with SNS supplies and medicines. 
Points of Dispensing (PODS)

Points of Dispensing (PODS)

Locations that Distribute Medications in Health Emergencies

Points of Dispensing or PODs are locations across the County that could be used to distribute medications or vaccinations in the event of a health emergency to a large number of people.  Normally, you go to a clinic or doctor’s office for medicine.  But during a health emergency, POD’s may be set up to get medications out very quickly.  Medicines given at the PODS will be free.  Routine medical care is not provided at a POD. 

Open Points of Dispensing (PODS)

Frequently Asked Questions

An open POD is where the general public will go to receive medication or a vaccine.  Open PODs are for the general public. There are plans for each POD site which include set up instructions, supplies, staffing, floor plans, safety and security plans, emergency contact information, etc.  Will County Health Department is responsible for developing plans for each POD and for running all open PODs in Will County.  

Closed Points of Dispensing (POD)

Open to a Specific Company or Group of People

Closed PODs are open only to a specific group of people, like a company for their employees and their immediate family members.  Closed PODs operate in partnership with WCHD and follow the guidelines established by WCHD.  Closed PODs are coordinated and run by a business or entity that is a part of the Will County Health Department’s Closed POD plan.

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