Update: Slots filled for January 15-16 Carlson Center COVID-19 vaccination clinic
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The free clinic is by appointment only, and will not accept walk-ins. According to Elizabeth Burton, Regional Nurse Manager for the State of Alaska Section of Public Health Nursing, as of 12:45pm on January 13th, all 1,250 slots for the clinic have been filled.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough and Alaska Department of Health and Social Services had previously announced that a point of dispensing (POD) COVID-19 vaccination clinic will take place at the Carlson Center on January 15th and 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Burton said the wider effort to vaccinate Alaskans is, “proceeding smoothly. We’re learning a lot as we roll out the vaccine.”
This clinic is for those who fall within Phase 1A and Phase 2B, Tier 1 of Alaska’s vaccination plan. According to the borough’s press release, this includes Alaskans age 65 and older, as well as health care providers.
“In order to make the event go smoothly, for folks that have registered online and have email confirmation, I do believe that they would be asked to stay in their car, and if they have a smartphone, they will receive a text when it’s time to come into the building. We don’t want people waiting outside when it’s really cold in long lines, and in order to manage the number of people inside and keep them six feet apart, observe social distancing, that’s one way we can manage the crowd flow,” Burton said.
She also urges participants to wear face masks and expect to wait in an observation area for at least 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine to ensure that no adverse symptoms are experienced.
Pharmacies around the community including Costco, Fred Meyer and Safeway have received vaccines and are distributing those according to the state’s schedule, according to Burton, who added that Fairbanks Cancer Physicians are also providing vaccines to the community.
Fairbanks Public Health, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Foundation Health Partners, Interior Community Health Center, and the Fairbanks North Star Borough worked together to make this event possible, according to Borough Public Information Officer Lanien Livingston.
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