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Fairbanks ‘Sleeves Up’ campaign continues with several weekend vaccine clinics

Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 1:01 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - As the ‘Sleeves Up For Summer’ campaign continues, several vaccine clinics will be held over this weekend in the Fairbanks area.

One such clinic is taking place today at the JP Jones Community Center and is operated by Capstone Clinic.

According to Tessa Walker Linderman, Nurse Consultant with DHSS and part of the Alaska COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, the clinic was planned to provide a fun environment for residents to receive their vaccinations. Walker Linderman explained, “The vaccines that’s available are Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer. We also have a barbeque that’s being delivered. We have some prizes and different swags. We’ve got sunglasses, frisbees, and stickers. We’re also giving out gift cards to people who get vaccinated as well. So really just trying to make it a fun atmosphere. We have music, balloons, and really just trying to make it a fun environment for people to stop by, get vaccinated, and pick up some swag as well.”

This week the State of Alaska also dropped from high to intermediate level for COVID-19 infection rates for the first time since September 2020 and it may be attributed in part, to the state wide vaccination efforts.

“Well I think increasing vaccination rates definitely will decrease COVID rates so ‘Sleeves Up For Summer’ is one of our efforts but certainly the works that’s going on with Public Health Nursing going into schools, private providers that continue to vaccinate. All these efforts coming together really I think raising the vaccination rates certainly is helping decrease the COVID rates,” remarked Walker Linderman.

More pop-up clinics will be taking place including one being held at the Ester Cocktail Competition or “Cock Fight 2021″ held Saturday, May 21st at the Ester Community Park at 2:00 p.m.

“We are planning a pop-up clinic at the Regal Cinema tonight from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. And then we’ll be back at the Carlson Center on Tuesday and we’re looking at setting up a consistent drive through clinic that will start this Thursday at the Pioneer Park parking lot. More information to come on that but we are looking to get that set up as a regular clinic as well,” said Walker Linderman.

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