Montezuma County Offers Free TDAP Vaccine

Durango, CO: The Montezuma County Public Health Department is offering free Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (TDAP) vaccination shot on November 6th from 2-4pm at the Montezuma County Annex, 103 Chestnut Street in Cortez.  Supplies are limited to the first 180 walk-ins, no appointment is necessary.

The TDAP vaccine is required for all children going into 6th grade. A tetanus shot is suggested for all adults every 10 years. A pertussis shot is suggested for pregnant women and anyone who is around very young children.

The Southwest Incident Management Team (SWIMT), a multi-agency team, will join this event to test the ability of a point of distribution with the Montezuma County Health Department.  SWIMT will work with staff and volunteers in setting up, securing the area, responding to the special needs of patients, operations, and completing a point of distribution site. To maintain skills, the team performs exercises at least four times a year with simulations and other complex training. More than 12 team members from the area recently returned from assisting the City of Evans during the floods.

SWIMT is the fifth Type III incident management team certified by the State of Colorado. The team exists as a resource to the region and can be requested if an agency’s resources are overwhelmed by an incident.  Depending on the incident’s needs, the full team may be utilized, or just a specialty area of the team.  The team or even a member or two can assist or advise the jurisdiction with incident management, organization, and available support.

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