Closed POD Program
The ability to dispense medical countermeasures to affected populations quickly and efficiently is crucial following a catastrophic public health event. Dallas County Health and Human Services is working diligently to build the capacity to dispense antibiotics to all Dallas County residents (2.4 million people) within 48 hours. Traditional methods to achieve this timeframe include developing plans that encourage the public to go to common areas within their communities (schools, gyms, community centers, etc.), most often referred to as Points of Dispensing (PODs), to receive medications. But, this is not the only planning scenario being considered.
A Closed Point of Dispensing (or Closed POD) is a private location where medications are dispensed to a specific group of people. With the help of businesses, universities, public/private organizations, etc., DCHHS can decrease the number of people going to the same places for medicine during a public health emergency. Closed PODs help to reach specific portions of the community more quickly. As a result, long lines and public anxiety can be reduced and resources can be used more efficiently.
The use of closed PODs is an alternate method of dispensing that helps to redirect some of the population away from traditional POD sites. A closed POD is primarily used to respond to a specific group or organization. This plan is ideal for large businesses and organizations because their employees, clients, etc. and family members can receive medications on-site. This allows for a more rapid dispensing scenario and helps to ensure continuity of operations. In addition, this helps decrease the burden on traditional Open PODs which will help Dallas County public health officials.
*This content has been adapted from CDC’s Closed POD outreach materials
Here are some informational materials related to the Dallas County Closed POD Initiative:
- 1-page Informational Handout (Click Here)
- Closed POD Recruitment Brochure (Click Here)
- MOU for Becoming a Closed POD (Click Here)
- Notification of Intent to Become a Closed POD (Click Here)
If your business is interested in becoming a Closed POD, call 972-692-2715.