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Alaskans 65 and older to begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 11, scheduling opens Jan. 6

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Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 12:05 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force is opening up appointment scheduling at vaccination clinics for Alaskans 65 years of age and older on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at noon, with appointments starting Monday, Jan. 11.

Initially, those in Phase 1b, Tier 1 (Alaskans 65 years of age and older) were set to begin vaccinations in late January. However, after assessing how much vaccine remains to be administered, the Vaccine Task Force has adjusted the timeline forward.

“All clinics who have received COVID-19 vaccine should continue to vaccinate the remaining health care workers from Phase 1a who wish to be vaccinated, but we are also excited to open up appointments for Alaskans who are 65 years of age or older,” said Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink.

Alaskans 65 years of age or older can schedule appointments starting noon on Jan. 6 by visiting covidvax.alaska.gov. Vaccinations for older Alaskans (age 65+) will now begin Jan. 11. When scheduling an appointment, please choose a date on Jan. 11 or later.

Some Alaskans in future phases may have already made appointments.  If you are in Phase 1B, Tier 1, you do not need to cancel your appointment. If you are not in health care or 65 or older as defined by Phase 1A or Phase 1B, Tier 1, please cancel your appointment so Alaskans in the earlier tiers can make appointments. New appointments will be added regularly as more vaccine providers sign up and more vaccine is available. Additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine and Alaska’s distribution plans may be found at Covidvax.Alaska.gov.

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