The Oneida County Health Department held a Point of Dispensing Exercise at Mohawk Valley Community College's Jorgensen Center today.

The POD exercise was held to assess the Health Department's ability to provide vaccinations or medicine to the public when a large portion of the community's health is at risk.

“This drill reminds us of the importance of preparing in advance for disease outbreaks that could occur in any community” said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente. "These exercises help us to test and improve our effectiveness in simulating the administering of life-saving vaccines to the public in real public health emergencies.”

Community members took on the role of "patients" during the exercise.

The Health Department planned to process a least 40 people an hour during the drill.

Dave Smith, WIBX