Shots for summer: Vaccine clinic appearing at Fairbanks Midnight Sun Festival

Updated: Jun. 18, 2021 at 4:12 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - As the shortest night of the year approaches, the Fairbanks Midnight Sun Festival will be taking place this weekend and vaccines will be offered.

According to Maria Caruso, Program Coordinator with the Department of Public Health, the Pfizer vaccine will be offered by the Capstone Clinic at the festival. Caruso explained, “We have a contractor coming in for the Midnight Sun Festival in Fairbanks tomorrow (Saturday). They will be available for walk-in vaccinations from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., and they will have the Pfizer vaccine available which is really great because that is the vaccine that gives the most flexibility. It’s been approved for anyone ages 12 and over, so it’s a great opportunity for students going back to school that want to be active in sports. We just really want to be available for anyone that hasn’t gotten vaccinated that still wants to.”

While the ‘Sleeves Up For Summer’ campaign has officially come to a close, Caruso says the goal of the campaign continues. “You know, even though the ‘Sleeves Up For Summer’ campaign officially was only in May, we’re still really pushing forward with it. We just really want to meet Alaskans’ where they’re at and make sure that vaccine is available for those that want to get vaccinated.”

According to Caruso, Alaska’s vaccination rate is steadily rising. “Right now, we are at 54% of eligible residents that have been vaccinated with at least one dose. For individuals aged 12 to 15 we’re at 23%, so we’re making really great progress. You know it’s summer, everyone is busy - but we’re hoping that we’re just going to keep moving that number up.”

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