The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is arriving in Alaska Christmas week. Must Read Alaska has learned that the Veterans Administration will be administering this particular vaccine to veterans. Sign up for notifications at this email link.
It is the second vaccine for the coronavirus to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The VA will prioritize veterans living in long-term care facilities and VA health care personnel. After those two groups are vaccinated, the VA will prioritize those most at risk for serious complications from the coronavirus. The first allocation of Moderna vaccine is 17,900 doses for Alaska.
Some 14 percent of Alaskans are veterans, or nearly 69,000, according to the VA.
Also this weekend, a committee at the CDC has recommended that people over the age of 75, as well as firefighters, teachers, grocery store workers and other essential workers should get next round of COVID-19 vaccinations.