Smallpox Vaccination Drill
April 15, 2005
On Friday, April 15, Rensselaer County held an emergency preparedness/smallpox vaccination drill on the Hudson Valley Community College campus.
The drill was designed to test the county’s ability to respond to the following scenario: a smallpox outbreak had occurred in New York City and was identified by the New York City Department of Health on April 13. As a result, the entire population of Rensselaer County, which is approximately 150,000 people, needed to be vaccinated in 10 days. In order to achieve that goal, the county had to vaccinate 100 people an hour.
The college's Nursing, Paramedic and Respiratory Care students participated in the drill, and were trained to administer the smallpox vaccine. A total of 75 students and faculty members completed the training, which gained them three certifications: Small Pox Vaccinator, Small Pox Clinic Manager and Small Pox Adverse Event Take Site Monitor.
During the drill, 10 to 15 students simulated the vaccination process, and others were called upon to act as patients.
The following agencies and county departments participated in the drill: County Executive, Department of Health, Bureau of Public Safety, County Emergency Response Team, County Mental Health, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services, the New York State Department of Health, Troy Police, North Greenbush Police, Rensselaer County Sheriff, and the New York State Police.
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