November 24, 2015
(Charlottesville, Va.) — Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD) staff will once again test their capacity to respond to a major public health event by providing free flu shots in Charlottesville. The exercise will be held at Charlottesville-Albemarle Health Department at 1138 Rose Hill Dr. from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. The vaccine is available to anyone who is at least three years of age at no charge.
“We are happy to provide our residents with the opportunity to get vaccinated against the flu while we test our ability to respond to public health emergencies,” said Dr. Denise Bonds, TJHD Health Director.
The exercise, including the flu vaccine, is funded through the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, which is responsible for responding to any emergency impacting public health through preparation, collaboration, education and rapid intervention. Exercises such as this contribute to the local health department’s ability to provide widespread access to vaccine during public health emergencies.
The clinic will help TJHD test three different competencies related to emergency preparedness and response:
- Managing a large scale public health event
- Testing patient and clinic flow
- Administering vaccines in an efficient and timely manner
For more information about the exercise, persons can call (434) 972-6200.