Travelers visiting Alaska can now receive COVID-19 vaccinations
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On June 1st the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced that eligibility requirements for receiving any of the three COVID-19 vaccines were expanded to include visitors to Alaska from other states and countries.
Terri O’Connor, Deputy Director with the Division of Public Health explained, “Prior to that, Alaska residents and workers were eligible to receive vaccine, and now any travelers to Alaska are. Of course they have to be old enough to get the vaccine, so currently the Pfizer vaccine is able to be used in individuals 12 and older, and the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are able to be used in individuals 18 and older.”
The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two doses to be administered several weeks apart from each other, but O’Connor said this will not prevent vaccinations being given to those visiting Alaska for a shorter period. “They would get a vaccination card for the dose they got in Alaska, and they would want to take that with them so they could show the provider which vaccine they got and when they got it, and have all of that information together.”
Vaccination services will be available to travelers at airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau, or at any clinic or event where COVID-19 vaccine is being offered.
“If you have the opportunity to be vaccinated in Alaska we would love to see you vaccinated so you can protect yourself, your family, the communities in which you travel. Really our communities are safer when more people are vaccinated, including those who are traveling and coming through our communities‚” said O’Connor.
To schedule vaccine appointments, visit covidvax.alaska.gov
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