Fairbanks COVID-19 vaccine providers run out of appointments for time being

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Published: Jan. 11, 2021 at 4:08 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Due to limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine, providers in Fairbanks are currently out of appointment slots until more doses can arrive.

Appointment slots first became available on January 6 for those 65 and older, and all filled up very quickly. At this time, it is not known when more vaccines and appointments will be available. Each appointment is allotted to each vaccine accounted for per provider. Those who already have appointments will still be able to receive the vaccine.

Providers for the COVID-19 vaccine can now be found on a list on the DHSS website and include locations such as Costco, Airport Safeway, and Chena Health.

Community concerns have also been raised regarding insurance, but the vaccine will be free to everyone regardless on if a resident has insurance or not.

In a previous interview, Elizabeth Burton, Regional Nurse Manager for Public Health Nursing stated, “If the person has insurance, then the person administering the vaccine can bill an insurer. But if the insurance doesn’t pay or the full amount isn’t paid, that would still not be something that an individual who received a vaccine would be expected to pay. For folks who do not have health insurance, and they are still billed, we are actively looking at offsetting a charge like that from the Health Resources and Service Administration or PRSA. We’re looking to them to cover the cost of administration for those uninsured folk. So we’re doing everything we can to make sure there are no costs to receive the vaccine.”

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