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Associated Press, Published September 26 2009

Minnesota's Ramsey County to test mass vaccination skills

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Health officials in Ramsey County will soon test their ability to provide vaccines to large numbers of people in a short time at a mass dispensing site.

The drill is called Operation Big Shot and will be at the North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden Hills on Tuesday. It will not be a real clinic and no real vaccines will be distributed.

While the exercise will be helpful in planning for swine flu, officials say it may not be the exact model that St. Paul and Ramsey County Public Health chooses for public health vaccinations.

Operation Big Shot is one of several training exercises health officials in Ramsey County conduct each year and was scheduled prior to the emergence of the swine flu pandemic.