Points of Dispensing (PODs)

Working to keep Washington County safe

In some health emergencies, the Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment helps doctors in clinics and hospitals by dispensing medicine to healthy people to prevent illness. This happens through an Open or Closed Point of Dispensing (POD).

Open POD

Open Point of Dispensing are meant to dispense free medication for those affected by the emergency at a spacious and easily accessible public location. In the event of an emergency, public health will provide information about when and where to report to a POD on our website, via social media, radio, television and newspaper.

Open POD Policies

  • Washington County residents who do not show symptoms of illness can come to an open POD. If you are showing symptoms of sickness, you will be asked to go to your regular clinic for treatment.
  • You will not be asked to provide an ID.
  • You can pick up medication for yourself or family members, and family members do not all need to be present to get medication. 

Closed POD

Closed PODs are operated by a private organization that distributes medicine or medical supplies for free to a specific group of people, such as that organization’s staff, staff family members, and/or clients. These are NOT open to the public. 

Examples of groups that might have a closed POD include:

  • Large employers.
  • Nursing homes.
  • Hotels.
  • Religious organizations.
  • Jails.

Benefits of Closed POD

It is expected that in an emergency, medical providers, such as hospitals and clinics, will be overwhelmed with patients. Closed PODs offer the ability to directly receive medication that will allow for continuity of business as well as minimize the impact of the public health emergency on staff, their families, and your clients. Close PODs offer a level of safety and security customized to meet your organization’s needs. If you are interested in becoming a Closed POD, send us an email for more information.