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A pint & a shot: Pop-up vaccine clinic to be held at Fairbanks brewery

Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 5:10 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - With the ‘Sleeves Up’ campaign in full swing, working towards the goal of increasing Alaska’s vaccination rates by 25%, a new pop-up clinic will be held at the Hoodoo Brewery.

According to Dr. Andrew Cox, a Medical Oncologist with the Fairbanks Cancer Care Physicians, the pop-up clinics are meant to bring the vaccine to environments where people are more comfortable. Cox explained, “They’ve definitely generated a lot of excitement and people are showing up who wouldn’t normally, or don’t feel maybe comfortable going to a medical office or medical setting. So from that standpoint it seems to be doing great. Of course we’re not going to get the large numbers that we got at the Carlson Center initially but that was never the goal of these clinics. It was mostly just to give folks an opportunity to get the vaccine or even just ask questions in a setting where they’re a little bit more comfortable, you know, like the movie theater, like the library.”

With the approval for children ages 12 and up to receive the Pfizer vaccine, there is a chance for a surge in vaccinations.

Sydney Cox, Project Manager for the Vaccinations at Fairbanks Cancer Care Physicians. said, “I think that now that ages 12 and over are eligible to be vaccinated, I think that we have a new and eager group again - and my hope is that eagerness and motivation really carries through to other parts of the community that maybe still haven’t gotten vaccinated yet and are eligible, and with all these pop-up clinics, and things more accessible, that they’ll also want to get vaccinated as well.”

The Hoodoo vaccine clinic will be held tomorrow and will run for a few hours.

Sydney Cox explained, “Tomorrow, the 18th, so Tuesday we’re going to be doing a pop-up clinic at Hoodoo Brewery from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., and it’s going to have all three vaccines there. Vaccinations will all be free, and we’ll be vaccinating 12 and over. So, per Hoodoo policy, anybody who’s under the age of 21 has to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. But everyone 12 and over is welcome to come on in, get vaccinated, and ask questions or learn a little more about the vaccine if that’s something that you want to do.”

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