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COVID-19 Update: Sleeves Up seeks to raise vaccination rates in AK


Homer"s Unified Command highlighted The State of Alaska's Sleeves Up program in their report to Homer City Council on Monday night.

The State's goal is to vaccinate 75% of Alaska residents.  As of Monday, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services figures show 55% of Alaskans have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. 48% are fully vaccinated.

Last Friday, May 7, health care providers vaccinated 32 people at a pop up clinic at the Homer Boat House. There is another clinic at the boat house scheduled for May 27th.

This Friday, there will be a second dose clinic at Homer High School.
According to Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital and DHSS Public Health Nurse Lorne Carroll - Friday's clinic may provide vaccines to children 12 to 15 years old.

The Center for Disease Control's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meets on Wednesday and is likely to approve the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and older.

Free vaccines are also available seven days a week at the Covid Clinic at 4201 Bartlett Street:   walk-ins from noon to 5pm, or  by appointment from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Learn more about COVID-19 tests and vaccines on hospital website

The Unified Command Team reported a 1.76% positivity rate for COVID in the State. 
South Peninsula Hospital is showing a 1.8% positivity rate with 14 cases detected in the last 14 days.  

If you are coming in to the COVID Care Center for a free COVID-19 test,  if you have any questions about free, walk-in vaccines, or, you just want to talk to SPH's 24-hour COVID Nurse, call (907) 235-0235.

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Kathleen Gustafson came to Homer in 1999 and has been involved with KBBI since 2003