Good News! Elders 65 & Over In Alaska To Start Getting Vaccines Next Monday, January 11th

 The State Officially Begins Sign Ups This Wednesday, January 6th For Those Most At Risk Of Dying Of COVID: Seniors People 65 and over have ...

 The State Officially Begins Sign Ups This Wednesday, January 6th For Those Most At Risk Of Dying Of COVID: Seniors


People 65 and over have been flooding the state with requests for vaccinations. It's a known fact that in Alaska and elsewhere the number of vaccine vials in the states have been far more than the number of people who have agreed to be vaccinated. And the group that is 65 and over is at far greater risk of serious illness, or even death, if they contract COVID-19.

The State of Alaska sent out the following press release on the morning of January 4th. The Copper River Country Journal has requested further information from the Copper River Native Association on specifics in our region, and their response came in on January 6th.

To Take The Vaccine In The Copper Valley You Should Call CRNA at 822-5241.



OFFICIAL CRNA PRESS RELEASE:

"Our Primary Care team screens patients"

January 6, 2021 TAZLINA –The state website helps people determine their eligibility based off state guidance. It also allows a person to find a vaccination location within a specific region. 
 
When reviewing the site, [CRNA does] not see a place to sign up for getting vaccinated. Each region has many factors that influence the rollout of the vaccine. 
 
Copper Valley residents interested in getting vaccinated are invited to call CRNA. Our Primary Care team screens patients to determine if they are eligible for a vaccine. 
 
Unfortunately, determining eligibility is not as simple as one would hope as availability must also be considered. Vaccination Coordinators work diligently to assure those in the tiers outlined by the state and at most risk within those defined tiers are reached. 
 
We currently have a waitlist for the vaccine when more tiers and more doses become available. Vaccination Coordinators will contact persons on the waitlist. As you can see, the logistics of vaccine distribution stretch beyond having the vaccine arrive at a facility. 
 
CRNA looks forward to progressing in our vaccination efforts and is honored to serve the Copper River Valley residents who trust in our services.

 

OFFICIAL STATE PRESS RELEASE:

"Alaskans 65 and older can receive vaccinations starting Monday, Jan. 11. Scheduling for those appointments begins Wednesday, Jan. 6"


January 4, 2021 ANCHORAGE – In an effort to continue to quickly vaccinate Alaskans, the Alaska COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force is opening up appointment scheduling and vaccination clinics for Phase 1b, Tier 1 –  Alaskans 65 years of age and older – on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at noon, with appointments starting Monday, Jan. 11.

Initially, those in Phase 1b, Tier 1 (Alaskans 65 years of age and older) were set to begin vaccinations in late January. However, after assessing how much vaccine remains to be administered, the Vaccine Task Force has adjusted the timeline forward.

“All clinics who have received COVID-19 vaccine should continue to vaccinate the remaining health care workers from Phase 1a who wish to be vaccinated, but we are also excited to open up appointments for Alaskans who are 65 years of age or older,” said Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink.

NEW TIMELINE – Phase 1b, Tier 1 (Alaskans 65+)

Begin scheduling vaccinations at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 6 – Alaskans 65 years of age or older can schedule appointments starting noon on Jan. 6 by visiting covidvax.alaska.gov. Vaccinations for older Alaskans (age 65+) will now begin Jan. 11.
Choose an appointment for Monday, Jan. 11 or later – Alaskans 65 years of age and older can begin getting vaccinated starting Monday, Jan. 11. When scheduling an appointment, please choose a date on Jan. 11 or later.


Some Alaskans in future phases may have already made appointments.  If you are in Phase 1B, Tier 1, you do not need to cancel your appointment. If you are not in health care or 65 or older as defined by Phase 1A or Phase 1B, Tier 1, please cancel your appointment so Alaskans in the earlier tiers can make appointments. New appointments will be added regularly as more vaccine providers sign up and more vaccine is available. Additional information about the COVID-19 vaccine and Alaska’s distribution plans may be found at Covidvax.Alaska.gov.


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