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
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.
people can go to get medication or a vaccination (a shot), for free in a public health emergency. A
closed POD is only open to a specific group of people, like a company for their employees and their
immediate family members.