State releases plan for COVID-19 vaccine phase 1-b

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Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 4:35 PM AKST
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - As of Wednesday, over 13,000 Alaskans have been vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccination.

Thursday, the state released the plan for phase 1-b of the vaccination, which includes four tiers.

In tier one, individuals aged 65 or older are eligible for the vaccination first. The second tier includes frontline essential workers aged 50 and older with jobs that require work on-site and involves close proximity to others.

Tier three of phase 1-b includes those aged 55-64, those 16 and older who live in “underserved communities,” and frontline essential workers aged 16-50 with two or more high-risk health conditions and who work on-site and within close proximity to others.

Tier four includes those 50 years of age or older with two or more high-risk health conditions. It also includes frontline essential workers ages 16-50 who do not fit the criteria of tiers 1-3 but are also required to work on-site and have close proximity with others.

The plan for phase 1-b came after 380 organizations and individuals submitted public testimony regarding who should be included in the phase.

“We’re thankful that so many Alaskans are excited about the vaccine and engaged in the public process,” said Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink in a prepared statement. “We wish we had enough vaccine for all who want it right now, but until we do, we’re balancing the science, logistics and ethics to get the supplies we do have out as quickly as possible.”

Nearly 53,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been allocated to Alaska in January.

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