All About Points of Dispensing
How can I prepare myself, my family and my friends for a public health emergency?
Please visit the County’s Emergency Planning page for simple steps you, your family, and your friends can take. Make sure you keep a current list of all medications and allergies for you and your family.
How can I volunteer to help at a POD?
If you would like to volunteer, please visit: https://emergency.arlingtonva.us/get-involved/
What if English is not my first language?
Every effort will be made to provide interpreters at each POD. Every effort will also be made to provide information sheets in languages other than English.
Can I go to a hospital to pick up my medication or receive my vaccination?
No. DO NOT go to a hospital for your medication/vaccination. The hospitals will not have medication/vaccination for the general public. Only go to a hospital if you require medical attention or are otherwise directed by public health officials.
Are the PODs safe?
Yes. Law Enforcement presence will be at each POD to direct traffic and provide security.
How long should I expect to be at a POD?
We will work to make the POD process as quick and efficient as possible. However, due to the large volume of people expected at each POD, please be ready for long lines. Your patience will be much appreciated.
What if I do not live in Arlington County?
You do NOT need to live in Arlington to pick up medication at a POD located in the County. In fact, the closest POD to your home may be located outside of the county, too (eg Alexandria or Fairfax), and you can go there to pick up medication.
Do I need to bring a form of identification (ID) to pick up medication?
No. You do not need identification (ID) to pick up medication at a POD, all persons will be served.
Do I need health insurance to pick up medication or receive a vaccination?
No. You do not need health insurance to pick up medication or receive a vaccination at a POD.
How much will the medication/vaccination cost?
All POD medication is FREE. there will be no charge and you will not be billed.
What information should I bring to a POD?
For EACH person you are picking up medication for please write down the following:
- Name (First and last)
- Food Allergies (e.g. eggs)
- Medication Allergies (e.g. doxycycline, ciproflaxin, amoxycilin)
What should I do before I go to a POD?
- Use the restroom (facilities will be very limited at POD sites)
- Download, print, and fill out any documents as instructed by the County
- Collect information from household and other people you are picking up medication for (see question above for info to collect)
- Dress appropriately for the weather and for possible long lines.
- Pack snacks and water
- Fill up vehicle with gas (traffic lines could be very long)
Will there be enough medication/vaccination for me and my household?
Arlington County Government will take all necessary steps to have enough medication or vaccination for all persons in the County.
Who should go to a POD?
In some instances, you may be asked to send a household representative (someone over the age of 12) to pick up medications for others. In other circumstances everyone may be asked to come to the POD. During a public health emergency check this website and other media outlets for more information.
Which POD should I go to?
You may go to any public POD listed on this website.