Mass vaccination drill needs volunteers Thursday

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LOWVILLE — What if local produce became contaminated? Lewis County Public Health is hosting an emergency vaccination drill, Thursday, to discern how Lewis County would respond.

The practice scenario imagines that any customer who consumed produce purchased from Lowville Walmart between April 12 and 23 would be at risk, and more volunteers are needed.

“It will be a mock disease outbreak where people who have not received the necessary vaccination would need to come get it,” Public Health Specialist Anna Platz said.

The event is state mandated to ensure the community can respond to a real emergency. If ever there was a disease outbreak, Public Health would create a similar point of dispensing to give local people the needed vaccinations.

“We want to capitalize on any lessons we can learn from the drill,” Ms. Platz said.

Preregistration is preferred, but not necessary, and participants can expect to be through the drill within 30 minutes.

Volunteers can help more by going through the line more than once.

“We need the practice to see just how many people per hour we can help in a scenario like this,” Ms. Platz said. Two-hundred-and-forty appointments are available.

As a bonus, each time participants go through the line, organizers will enter their names into a drawing to win local gift cards.

The drill will be held at Lowville Academy in the main gym area from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

For more information, call Lewis County Public Health at 315-376-5453.

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