Cities Readiness Initiative/ Point of Dispensing
A Point of Dispensing (POD) site is a federally instituted best practice model designed to provide medications, vaccines, or medical supplies to a large community of healthy people during a health emergency. POD sites will be activated in order to provide medication and/or medical supplies to the healthy community prior to the onset of illness in order to decrease illness and prevent death.
POD sites are locations that are both familiar and easily accessible to the community (i.e. schools, community centers, churches, etc.) and are designed to serve as a place for the public to come and receive their medications, vaccines and medical supplies. The ultimate goal of a POD is to quickly provide these items to a large number of people in a short period of time.