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How Elders And Frontline Essential Workers Can Get Vaccinated For COVID-19

Dec 23, 2020

Registered Nurse Banu Mufale administers a Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine to physical therapist Becca Mamrol on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.
Credit Loren Holmes / ADN

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation has nearly completed the first phase of COVID-19 vaccinations. That included frontline health care workers and residents and staff of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Elder’s home in Bethel. YKHC will now begin to vaccinate Elders ages 65 and older, and frontline essential workers. 

Bethel Elders can call YKHC’s COVID-19 hotline at 907-543-6949 to schedule a vaccination appointment. The health corporation will reach out to village-based Elders directly.

Frontline essential workers are defined by YKHC as individuals working in the following roles:

  • Corrections officers
  • COVID-19 quarantine workers
  • Daycare providers
  • First responders
  • Frontline service organization staff (like shelters for those who experience domestic violence or homelessness)
  • Grocery/convenience stores
  • Law enforcement
  • Pilots and airline support staff
  • Post offices
  • Public transportation and cab companies
  • Teachers and education support staff
  • Utilities (telecommunication, electricity, water/sewer, and fuel)

If you work in one of these industries and your job requires you to interact with the public, you can reach out to YKHC to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Here is the link to the submission form.