Visitors to Alaska can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine anywhere it’s being offered.
The expansion of eligibility includes anyone 12 or older who is visiting Alaska, whether they’re from the Lower 48 or overseas. Previously, vaccine eligibility extended only to people 12 or older who lived or worked in the state.
“We’ve already received calls from tourists who want to be vaccinated here, and some who plan to stay three to four weeks to receive their second vaccine,” Adam Crum, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, said in a prepared statement Tuesday.
There are vaccination clinics in place at the state’s airports in Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage, on top of other vaccine sites available around the state with tens of thousands of appointments currently open. Health officials had previously announced their plan to offer vaccinations to visitors in clinics set up at airports.
The airport clinics are running daily and are open to Alaskans, workers and visitors, and appointments can be secured by reserving a two-hour window. Groups of 25 and larger can also request specific vaccination services.
Individuals seeking a vaccine can visit covidvax.alaska.gov or call 1-833-4-VAXLINE.