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Team of local firefighters helped deliver over 20k vaccines 

More COVID-19 vaccine appointments available next weekTeam will demobilize engagement, hand over operations to health department

–On Dec. 30, the San Luis Obispo County Type 3 All-Hazard Incident Management Team (XSL IMT) was requested to assist the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department with the public points of distribution to vaccinate citizens in San Luis Obispo County. XSL IMT is a multi-jurisdictional, interdisciplinary team that assists agencies within San Luis Obispo County in managing emergency incidents.

The team worked with the SLOPHD, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and other entities to establish two PPODs, also known as vaccination clinics, in Paso Robles and Arroyo Grande. The IMT coordinated with local fire agencies, private and public ambulance agencies, and other public safety-related agencies. Providing command, leadership, and management of the PPODs the IMT effectively stood up the North and South locations capable of vaccinating up to 5,000 citizens per location, per week for up to six months beginning on Jan. 4, 2021. Under the team’s management, over 22,000 vaccinations were provided to county residents, 10,955 in North County and 11,408 in South County.

With the operations of the PPODs becoming more efficient and successful, the IMT says it will transition all command and operations to the health department. While XSL IMT is demobilizing from this assignment, it says it stands ready to re-engage and is prepared for any new incidents.

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