If you’re eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine under the state of Alaska’s guidelines, there are appointments available for you in many communities over the next few weeks. Here’s how to find out more information or sign up for a spot.
Where are the shots?
There are vaccine appointments available in Ketchikan, Fairbanks, Juneau, Sitka, Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, Soldotna and Nikiski as of Sunday, according to the city of Anchorage’s vaccine availability site.
Kelly Atlee, a spokeswoman at Foundation Health Partners in Fairbanks, said over email Saturday that there were more than 400 remaining appointments for a Tuesday community vaccine clinic there.
People eligible for a vaccine include those ages 65 and older as well as frontline hospital and emergency workers and longterm care facility residents and staff.
Additionally, people who work in health care settings are also eligible for the vaccine. And that includes someone who stays home to care for an elderly family member:
“Eligible individuals provide daily support related to an individual’s activities of daily living (i.e., bathing, dressing, eating) as well as instrumental activities of daily living (i.e., shopping, laundry, light housework). These may be paid, unpaid, or contracted positions. This may also include teachers or other school staff that provide health care activities for students including tube feedings, suctioning, and other hands-on healthcare,” according to the state health department.
How to sign up
There are a lot of different routes to finding a vaccine appointment.
On top of that, there’s a list by the Anchorage Innovation Team that compiles several, though not all available appointments.
If you’re running into trouble or need an assist, the state has a list of frequently asked questions and has revamped its call line, which is now staffed to answer questions on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and until 4:30 p.m. on weekends. That number is 907-646-3322.
You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
State officials also encourage people to check with their local public health offices as well as primary care providers.