vaccines

Brian Venua/KDLG

The single-dose vaccine is available through BBAHC and the Camai Community Health Center once again. The J&J vaccine will also be available in Iliamna Lake communities as early as this week.

Izzy Ross/KDLG

After a spike in February, case numbers around the region have plateaued. In Dillingham, just one person has tested positive in the past 20 days. 

 

Izzy Ross/KDLG

The health corporation says it will use the Pfizer vaccine primarily for teenagers who are 16 or 17 years old. It will also give second doses of Pfizer to people who received a first dose of that vaccine elsewhere.

Izzy Ross/KDLG

Dillingham's clinic Saturday was the first since the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation opened vaccinations to anyone over the age of 18.

 

Izzy Ross/KDLG

In Dillingham, both first and second doses of the vaccine will be offered at a vaccine clinic Saturday. The health corporation previously limited vaccines to Elders, people with high-risk health conditions, and essential workers.

Izzy Ross/KDLG

The COVID-19 vaccination process has progressed rapidly in the region — at least 1,200 people have gotten the first dose already. But the state doesn't expect to expand eligibility in February, and that will stall some communities. 

Brian Venua/KDLG

Ten of the cases were reported in three communities around Dillingham, though not in Dillingham proper. Five travel-related cases were reported in the Lake and Peninsula area. 

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Alaska has seen a spike of reported cases of flu since the beginning of September, reports the State of Alaska Section of Epidemiology.

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

AVAP is designed to update the state's immunization program and provide easier access to those in small and rural communities.  

Department of Health and Social Services

The State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services released a new bulletin this week in regards to the new vaccine assessment law.  This law was passed in the hopes of increasing access to vaccines while cutting costs. 

In 2012, SB 310 was signed into law as a three year place holder to enable state-supplied vaccine distribution.  This bill was necessary to ensure vaccines would be available while a long-term financing solution is created. 

Department of Health and Social Services

August is National immunization Awareness Month.  State public health centers, the Municipality of Anchorage and Maniilaq Association will waive all immunization administration fees for state-provided vaccines during the month.

National Immunization Awareness Month is an attempt to focus on the value of immunization during a life time while celebrating the achievements of immunization programs. 

Acting Chief of the Section of Public of Health Nursing for the State of Alaska Linda Worman says there are several groups of people that qualify for the waivers.