MOUNT VERNON — Throughout the year, the Knox County Health Department conducts exercises to test its emergency response operations. Nov. 9, Mount Vernon High School was the site of one such exercise in which the agency tested its preparedness to distribute vaccine to a large group of people in a timely manner.
Working from the premise of a possible communicable disease in the community, health department staff set up a point of distribution which included various stations for intake, triage, vaccine dispensing and follow up verification. Parents visiting the high school for parent-teacher conferences got a glimpse of the operation, which was set up in the main hallway outside the gymnasium. School was not in session, due to parent-teacher conferences.