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No disruption to vaccine clinic after threat involving security employee at Alaska Airlines Center

A University of Alaska Anchorage police officer sits in his patrol vehicle outside the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage on Friday, April 16, 2021. (Emily Mesner / ADN)

An incident involving a contracted security firm employee at the Alaska Airlines Center on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus prompted a campus-wide alert but did not keep vaccinations from continuing on site Friday.

On Friday morning, the University of Alaska Anchorage announced that campus police had been notified of a “credible threat to personnel at the Alaska Airlines Center,” asking those nearby to report anything suspicious to authorities.

The center — currently being used by the state’s health department to administer monoclonal antibody infusions and as a vaccination site — increased security Friday, but vaccine appointments went on as scheduled, a spokesman for the department said.

“The situation is an internal workplace issue involving an employee of a security firm contracted by DHSS to support the Alaska Airlines Center. Threats were made to individuals of the security company,” health department spokesman Clinton Bennett wrote in an emailed statement Friday afternoon.

Bennett said there were no threats made to patients, employees or to the Alaska Airlines Center itself.

“The employees involved no longer have access to the premises,” Bennett wrote.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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