Alaska opens next tier of vaccine eligibility: 55 and older, high health risk

Published: Mar. 3, 2021 at 4:13 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The State of Alaska has expanded the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines to Phase 1c, which includes any Alaskan above 55, any residents above 16 in special categories including high risk, multigenerational households, and essential workers. According to a press release on the matter, those who were eligible in Phase 1a and 1b can continue to sign up for the vaccine.

Elizabeth Burton is the Regional Nurse Manager for the Fairbanks Public Health Center and said that they were able to make vaccines available to additional people for several reasons.

“We’ve vaccinated quite a few people in the currently eligible tiers, and we are moving on as more and more vaccine becomes available to Alaska,” Burton said.

One new group of people who can be vaccinated are those of any age who assist someone 65 and older in receiving a vaccine.

“If you’ve got a grandparent or an elderly person in your life that you want to make sure gets the vaccine and you are the one bringing them, you are now eligible regardless of age,” Burton said. However, she did specify that someone bringing a senior to get a vaccine does have to make an appointment and can’t just get the vaccine when they arrive with the senior.

Burton said that on Thursday, Fairbanks will hold its largest vaccination event yet with 1800 people getting shots at the Carlson Center. She said that on Thursdays at noon they post new and upcoming vaccination events, and encouraged people to keep checking the CovidVax website to find an appointment time.

Burton also said there is an eligibility survey on the website that will help people determine if they can make an appointment to receive the vaccine, adding that as vaccine production continues to increase they will keep expanding the eligibility, and that they expect all adults to be able to be vaccinated by May.

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