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Another 52,900 doses of vaccine arriving in January, older Alaskans first in line


Alaska will receive another 52,900 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in January.

While the Phase 1a, Tiers 1 and 2 are still getting their first doses of the vaccine, Tier 3 Alaskans will begin their vaccinations on Jan. 4.

After that, the Phase 1b cohort will be senior citizens who are 65 years old or older, and those working in public safety, education, and other front-line workers. In another section of the guidance, the document says the vaccine will be available to those 65 years or older.

The 52,900 doses on the way in January include 27,300 doses of Pfizer vaccine, of which 7,800 doses are allocated to the Indian Health Service for Alaska Natives; and 25,600 doses of Moderna vaccine, with 8,400 of those doses reserved for Indian Health Service. That’s more than 28 percent of January doses reserved for Alaska Natives. Alaska Natives comprise about 18 percent of the population but have had serious health consequences from the virus.

Phase 1c will be prioritized for persons aged 65–74 years, persons aged 16–64 years with high-risk medical conditions, and other essential workers.

During public testimony last week, over 380 individuals and organizations submitted public comments about who should be at the head of the line for the vaccine. DHSS also had direct feedback from the Alaska Vaccine Allocation Advisory Committee.  After review, the State of Alaska released the Phase 1b schedule.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • You keep your poison and I’ll keep my health.

  • So, my comment got deleted (again). This site is about as useful as the ADN. IOW, propaganda for the select few.

    • Dennis, most of my comments made over the past few days have apparently been deleted as well. Maybe one or two of them were borderline uncivil, and not approved for posting by Suzanne for that reason, but certainly not almost ALL of them — and some that I can remember that were deleted, or never posted, were entirely civil and respectful. It is very discouraging, and I wish I knew why this is happening. Suzanne, can you maybe explain it to us?

  • These vaccines contain aborted human tissue, among other abominable, dangerous, and deadly ingredients and anyone who claims to know Christ Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior needs to do a spiritual check on themselves before condoning abortion by, basically, ingesting aborted fetal tissue. What would Jesus do? He would have faith in His own immune system that He created.

    • You need to get some facts !

    • I was offered one of the first doses of vaccine, but I’ve never had any kind of flu … or if I have, the symptoms were no worse than a bad cold.
      Couple months ago I had a really harsh sore throat, worst I’ve ever, and a runny nose., lasted two or three days. I suspect that it was my bout with CCP19.
      I told them to give my allotment to someone more needy than I.

    • There’s to be a tree of life, growing by the river of life, that gives healing leaves year around. Our immune system protects us from a variety of moderate infections, but is overwhelmed by others. That tree will be there when Jesus is on earth, managing His kingdom on earth. What conclusion would a reasonable person draw from that?

      Apologies if I’ve posted this twice. I got distracted and lost my place.

    • The pope said it was ok. We’re all good.

      • Would that be the Marxist anti-pope Francis?

    • Oh come on. What should they do with it, throw it in the trash? At least some good comes of it. Shoot, as tasty and good for you as it is, it should be served in fine dining establishments.

  • Glad to see natives in line.

  • When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for emergency use, neither the Pfizer nor Moderna vaccines used fetal cell lines during the development or production phases. (So, no fetal cell lines were used to manufacture the vaccine, and they are not inside the injection you receive from your doctor.) UPDATED: DECEMBER 17, 2020 AT 11:10 PM. SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (University of Utah Health)
    Vaccine Ingredients
    In addition to mRNA, Pfizer lists multiple other ingredients in tiny amounts, including salts and sugar. The salts (monobasic potassium phosphate, potassium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, sodium chloride) are natural products that help break down the protective barrier around the mRNA.

    Ingredients for the Moderna vaccine, which could receive authorization from the FDA within days, can be found in the company’s briefing document to the FDA. It contains the same mRNA process as the Pfizer vaccine and does not utilize fetal cell lines.

    Take it or not, no one is forcing anyone to get a vaccine for COVID-19. Please let your decision be based on scientific facts from various sources and not fear and random posts. Even this one.

    • “Take it or not, no one is forcing anyone to get a vaccine for COVID-19. Please let your decision be based on scientific facts from various sources and not fear and random posts.”

      This is well said and could and should have been applied to this whole pandemic. If no one was forced, and people were just asked to take reasonable measures, that THEY chose, what a difference this last year would have been? And maybe the direction of the country, and it’s relationship with its elected officials and unelected bureaucrats would be different now..

    • HMMMM, had a good friend pull and read that FDA document you mentioned. He, being an Engineer, crunched some statistics on those numbers, which clearly showed that you are more likely to have a serious health issue from this vaccine versus catching COVID. That to me, should tell you whether you should risk taking the darn Vaccine or rolling the dice with this so called virus.

    • You said:
      When it comes to the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved for emergency use, neither the Pfizer nor Moderna vaccines used fetal cell lines during the development or production phases.
      I respectfully ask:
      Would you please cite your source?

  • It was refreshing to see Ilhan Omar call out AOC and the other public employees for using their self privilege to get themselves vaccinated before the elderly and people in need.
    How about the Anchorage assembly, the Mayors office, and employees associated with them, have they jumped the *at need* queue too?

  • Eugenics Vaccine Assisted Death

  • State employees should be required to get the vaccine to keep their position. The private sector businesses should be first in line to get the viruses after the elderly and vulnerable and the state should incentives the immunizations 200 for the first shot and $800 for the second. This will supercharge the economy and get us ready for the tourist season. I would be on board with taking the shot if I was compensated to help out our economy.. Alaska should be the first to immunity, but as you killed the private sector, you must also incentivize its immunity to saturate our economy with immunity..State federal and medical should be required to get the vaccine without being paid as they were open and getting paid the whole time. Get us to immunity, get us open and incentives the sectors of the economy that were shut down by paying per vaccine.

  • When the Ruling class isn’t running in getting the experimental vaccine when their crowd were the first ones jumping into the Titanic lifeboats leaving the old, sick, poor, and working class last, I got to question why the ruling class isn’t worried enough about being the first vaccinated from their dangerous corona virus. So now they want the poor, old, sick and working class receive the vaccine first. Go figure! hahahahaha what they got in that dang syringe. History shows when something was so bad the ruling class got first dibs cause they know their wealth will send them straight to the dark place and they need more time before deciding to make the life right.

    • We covered this already. Women and children first. John Astor died and he was worth 100 billion in today’s money. You are consistently ignorant though.

  • If it was up to me, I’d vaccinate the entire elected legislature body plus the governor and his commissioners, and the local elect leaders, they can follow history and go first just as past rulers always done putting their safety and security first under major crisis like a boat sinking.

  • Don’t need it, don’t want it. Don’t need to hear from any do-gooders with the “Community- Responsibility-Everyone-Has-To-Get-Vaccinated” message. There is still a 99.9 percent survival rate if infected. Better than our chances of making it to our destinations when driving. Being healthy is still the best defense against this. Healthy living through diet, exercise, sleep and natural immune system boosting is the best prescription. This thing has been around for a year. Imagine the huge benefits people could have realized by now had they implemented the “Healthy Living” prescription and kept with it since the start. Lots of people would have improved their odds. It’s still a free country, people can do what they want. But people not free to impose unhealthy lifestyles on the rest of us.

  • I’d like to know what is going on with the slow rate of vaccine distribution here. The State has had 35,000 Pfizer vaccine doses since mid-December, and recently received another 26,800 Moderna doses. That’s 61,800 does, yet according to the state Vaccine Monitoring site not even 14,000 have been given so far. So these are sitting in storage. More is coming in January — what for, so they can sit in storage too? At the rate they are going they will not have even used up the first shipments by the end of January. At this rate (<1,000 per day) it will be 2 years until all Alaskan's are vaccinated.

    • That is why they need to pay us for each shot, especially those they held out of work by closing down the business. That is one way to boost the economy, since they can’t find it in them to pay a full dividend or repay our full dividends. Their ship is going down fast.

      • They did. Didn’t you get some money? I did.

    • How long does it take to administer the vaccine, then monitor the vaccinated patient for complications before they get released? Who are we vaccinating right now, they’re the most vulnerable, the ones who’re likely to react negatively. Its more like giving blood, than getting a flu-shot from a customer service perspective. Then there’s the whole “social distancing/facility capacity” dance to be done. In other words, its easier getting a sit-down breakfast at Kriner’s on Saturday morning than a COVID shot.

  • Seeing testimony on these vaccines from frontline nurses and doctors stating it is making people sick and not preventing the virus but only treating the symptoms. Even the crook Dr. Fauci stated it was designed only for symptoms not to prevent infection. We have been duped folks, do not take it. There is no reason too with very effective therapeutics. I have advised my father who is 94 not to take it.

  • Now the State of Alaska DHSS says the article is not correct. There is NO schedule for senior vaccinations. It was a MISCOMMUNICATION.
    This statement “While the Phase 1a, Tiers 1 and 2 are still getting their first doses of the vaccine, Tier 3 Alaskans will begin their vaccinations on Jan. 4.” does not say what it says?

  • As someone who hand coded my own website, it’s not hard to code a pop open dialogue box after clicking a link to schedule a vaccination on the State covax site asking for a confirmation that you do in fact qualify as being a member of the group currently being serviced. Of course I was able to figure out that just being over 65 didn’t mean I could click the link to schedule my vaccination.

  • I’ll pass. Someone else can have mine.

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