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As vaccines open for everyone in Alaska, the need for volunteers grows

Fairbanks Public Health is seeking more volunteers for vaccination clinics as Alaska opens up...
Fairbanks Public Health is seeking more volunteers for vaccination clinics as Alaska opens up vaccines to all Alaskans 16 and older.(ktvf)
Published: Mar. 15, 2021 at 4:13 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - As Alaska opens COVID-19 vaccinations to everyone ages 16 and up, the need for volunteers in vaccination clinics grows.

Fairbanks Public Health is seeking more volunteers to assist with their large scale vaccination events.

Lanien Livingston, Public Information Officer for Fairbanks North Star Borough explained, “At the POD (Point of Dispensing) that just took place on Saturday March 13th, there were 1,850 shots in arms that were provided that day. The next ones that are coming up on March 17th it’ll be almost 1,200, and the following week it’ll be 1,000. So, we’ve been fortunate that we’ve had plenty of volunteers. A few times, there’s been some areas where they were short a couple runners or what have you, and some folks were able to stay over a little longer than their assigned shift. But we really do want to have a good solid group of folks to help out.”

Many of the positions available for volunteers do not require any special training or accreditation. “Some of those are serving as a runner or a greeter. There’s information about paperwork that might need to be moved around inside the Carlson Center. Also there’s parking lot volunteers, those are the main ones. The runners, as we call them, they really serve a great need in the Carlson Center because they’re helping to direct people where to go for registration, where they’re going to wait in line for queue to receive their vaccine, where the seats are open and available for them to wait after receiving the vaccine as well,” commented Livingston.

Future events, including those that require volunteers, can be found on a website, according to Livingston. “When you go to fairbanksacc.org, you can see all of the dates for the upcoming PODs. You click on the date and then it will take you to another screen that will show you all of the various positions and the number of positions that are still open. Or if they’re filled it will state that as well.”

The next vaccination PODs will take place on March 17th and 24th.

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