The first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine are expected to arrive in Alaska within the next two weeks, according to a press release issued by the State. Alaska’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force is working with federal, state, tribal and military partners to distribute the vaccine in phases.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to issue Emergency Use Authorizations for coronavirus vaccines developed by Pfizer on December 10 and Moderna on December 17, according to the press release.
Current federal government estimates suggest Alaska’s initial allocations of vaccines could include 35,100 Pfizer dozes and 17,900 Moderna doses.
11,700 Pfizer doses from the initial shipment to Alaska have been allocated by the federal government for the Alaska Tribal Health System with distribution methodology determined by the Alaska Tribal Health Caucus. Additional vaccine doses could come through the Indian Health Service, the press release says.
Alaska’s distribution process will not include military service members, who will be vaccinated separately through a federal allotment, according to the State.
The Alaska COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Committee unanimously determined that the first group eligible to receive the vaccine will include hospital-based front-line health care personnel who are at the highest risk for COVID-19 infection; long-term care facility residents and staff; EMS and fire personnel providing medical services; Community Health Aides/Practitioners; and individuals who are required to perform vaccinations according to the press release.