Emergency Preparedness Grant Accepted
On Tuesday the Board of Supervisors approved an agreement which will bring $4,100,438 to Orange County to support on-going planning and preparedness for health related disasters. These dollars are granted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to improve readiness and response during a disaster. These activities include (among other things) working with Orange County’s health care system to increase surge capacity, maintaining medical and pharmaceutical stockpiles, training, disease surveillance, and disease monitoring.
One of the most interesting programs is the mass vaccination activity best known as Points Of Dispensing (“PODS”). It is important to have the ability to vaccinate large numbers of residents in the event of disease outbreak or biological attack – so the Health Care Agency (HCA) has developed a nationally recognized program which is exercised every year. And you have the opportunity to help us in this effort. On October 19th, HCA together with its partner cities and community groups will host 5 PODs throughout Orange County to test our abilities. These PODs offer free flu shots to encourage residents to participate and assist us in testing our system. It is a win-win: You can get your flu shot AND help your community practice its response capability.
These PODs, offering free flu shots, will take place in Anaheim, Laguna Niguel, Placentia, Stanton and Westminster on October 19th from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. For more information, please click here.
The locations are listed below:
- Anaheim – Anaheim First Christian Church – 520 W. South Street – Anaheim, CA 92805
- Stanton – City of Stanton Corporate Yard – 8100 Pacific Avenue – Stanton, CA 90680
- Laguna Niguel – St. Timothy Catholic Church – 29102 Crown Valley Parkway – Laguna Niguel, CA, 92677
- Westminster – Community Service Center – 8200 Westminster Boulevard – Westminster, CA 92683
- Placentia – Champions Sports Complex – 505 Jefferson Street – Placentia, CA 92870