How POD Assist Impacts Public Health
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POD Assist began as the CDC Pre-event Vaccination System (PVS). CDC implemented PVS nationwide to track and monitor the administration of smallpox vaccine as part of the 2003 National Smallpox Preparedness Program.
In 2009 during the response to the H1N1 influenza (swine flu) pandemic, CDC used POD Assist to monitor the amount of vaccine administered during the first weeks of the vaccination campaign to protect against the virus. This helped public health officials quickly evaluate vaccination campaign effectiveness.
State public health departments used POD Assist in 2015 to monitor and report persons returning from West Africa with Ebola exposure.
CDC also used it during the 2019–2022 CDC Personnel Influenza Vaccination Campaigns and the 2021 and 2022 CDC Personnel Coronavirus Disease Vaccination Campaigns. During 2021, CDC distributed more than 11,000 vaccine doses to staff by using POD Assist.
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