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Health Report: Tanana Chiefs offers vaccines to FNSB residents 45 and older

Published: Mar. 9, 2021 at 4:12 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) has begun offering COVID-19 vaccination appointments to Fairbanks residents 45 and older, with limited appointments available each day.

“We are excited to be able to offer the vaccine to the greater Fairbanks community,” says Chief/Chair for TCC, PJ Simon. “The more people within the community who are vaccinated, the closer we will get to herd immunity and the better protected everyone will be.”

According to TCC, they had surpassed 11,000 doses administered since receiving the first shipment of Pfizer vaccine in late December, with roughly half of those doses administered in rural communities. As of March 8, 2021, Tanana Chiefs Conference had administered 11,595 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, including 4,650 in rural Alaska communities.

“I am proud of the staff here at TCC who have worked tirelessly to ensure that our tribal communities receive the vaccine,” said Chief Simon. “It is because of their hard work that we are now able to offer the vaccine to those who do not normally receive care at our health facilities.”

TCC plans to look at lowering the age range again in the future as appointments become available in the vaccine clinic. Appointments for vaccinations can be made at at their website.

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