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Alaska will be expecting nearly 60,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine in February according to the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS).

The State of Alaska will receive 41,100 first doses with an additional 18,500 doses managed to be managed by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium through a federal Indian Health Service allocation.

Additional federal vaccine will be allocated separately to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense.  

An equal amount of second doses will be shipped to Alaska later in the month.  

Scheduling for February appointments for the new vaccine starts January 28 for eligible Alaskans. Priority will be given to Alaskans who are 65 and over, health care workers, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, and front line EMS and fire personnel who perform medical care. 

To find a COVID-19 vaccine provider call 1-907-646-3322 between 9:00AM – 6:30PM Monday - Friday and 9:00AM-4:30PM Saturday and Sunday, or visit the “find a COVID-19 vaccine provider” webpage on covidvax.alaska.gov, which now provides an “Option B” tool which shows available COVID-19 vaccine appointments from some vaccine providers.

Those who know an eligible senior or Elder are encouraged by DHSS to offer to them assistance in scheduling an appointment.