Homer Unified Command administered 200 doses of Pfizer vaccine at a clinic at Homer High School this past Saturday. There is still plenty of vaccine in town for anyone who wants it.
On Saturday, they were able to take 25 walk-ins, without appointments and still there are several hundred appointments available through South Peninsula Hospital's test and vaccine site at 4201 Bartlett Street. The Pfizer vaccine is the only available vaccine approved for 16 and 17 year olds.
Derotha Ferraro, spokesperson for SPH says that Homer's April allocation from the State will include the single dose, Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
"We will be distributing these at the mass vaccination event on Saturday, April 10. And those appointments will go live this coming Friday," Ferraro said.
Some of the single dose vaccine is reserved for a pop up clinic planned for the Homer Food Pantry in early April. Ferraro says getting shots into arms is a good way to help keep the community healthy and that positive cases of COVID 19 on the peninsula are low with only a few hospitalizations.
"...about one patient per month. Somebody in January for a couple weeks and then in February, somebody for just a few days, and in March, again, one person for just a few days. And I think some of that is because we have outpatient treatment and get tested at the first sign of symptoms," said Ferraro.
Even the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, she says, only identified eight posiitive COVID cases in the schools over the last 14 days.
Ferraro is looking at the data this coming week to see if there will be any rise in cases due to spring break travelers and gearing up to deliver more Pfizer vaccine today and tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday, at the site on Bartlett Street.
"Get your vaccine. There's plenty of appointment availability for Tuesday the 30th and Wednesday the 31. And, as those days fill, then we'll also add additional days in April," Ferraro said.
You can make an appointment for a Pfizer vaccination on Tuesday and Wednesday the 30th and 31st of March by going to sphosp.org.
If you need assistance making an appointment for a shot, if you need to come in for a COVID test or if you just want to speak to a COVID nurse, call 235-0235.