New Tiers of Eligibility for Coronavirus Vaccines

Mar 6, 2021

The State of Alaska this week expanded the groups of people eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. South Peninsula Hospital’s Derotha Ferraro detailed them on Thursday’s Covid Brief with Kathleen Gustafson.

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This morning on the regular, Thursday Covid Brief, Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital lists the upcoming vaccine clinics and locations.

City of Homer spokesperson Jenny Carroll talks about CARES Act fisheries and renter's aid. 

Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Center answers questions from the listeners about vaccine reactions and effectiveness.


Over 100 people made appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, for next week's vaccination clinics at Homer High School and at South Peninsula Hospital's Test and Vaccine Site at 4120 Bartlett Street. SPH Spokesperson, Derotha Ferraro says 120 people signed up in the first two hours on Monday but there are still over 300 appointments available for eligible people and the hospital website scheduling portal is active 24 hours a day.

In an effort to reach more conservative Americans with a message about mask-wearing, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reached out to a couple of skippers from the Alaska-based reality TV show “Deadliest Catch.” The Discovery Channel hit show has a sizable following among conservative white adults.


Registration begins today, Monday, March 1 at noon for the next COVID-19 vaccination clinic organized by Homer Incident Command.

There are over 500 appointments available for a clinic on Friday, March 12 at Homer High School, and 200 appointments available at South Peninsula Hospital's COVID Vaccine and Test Center on March 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17.


Dr. Rob Downey is hosting a series of six, half-hour conversations  with Nurse Lorne Carroll.

For the next six Sundays at 3 p.m. they'll talk about COVID-19 from a public health perspective on COVID Riff.

Click on the audio below to hear episode 1, meet your hosts, learn about the protein ApoE4 and about the role of public health in any pandemic.

Support for the production of COVID Riff comes from Ulmer's Drug and Hardware and South Peninsula Hospital.


This week on the Covid Brief, host Kathleen Gustafson welcomes panelists Lorne Carroll, Derotha Ferraro, Jenny Carroll and Pegge Erkeneff.

Coffee Table: Behind the Mask - Our Stories

Feb 24, 2021
Christina Whiting

When the coronavirus pandemic struck America a year ago, Homer writer and photographer Christina Whiting didn't hunker down. Instead, she set off across the Western states to collect stories for her project "Behind the Mask - Our Stories." She spoke with KBBI's Jay Barrett.


On this morning's COVID-19 Brief, panelists:

Jay Barrett/KBBI

Alaskans on the Southern Kenai Peninsula who are newly eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine are waiting for healthcare providers to receive their allotment of doses for the month of March.


The State of Alaska has expanded vaccine eligibility as of today, February 11. To find out if you're eligible and to learn about vaccine availability in your area, go to the State's COVID Vaccine Status page. 


The next COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Homer is this Friday, February 12 at the Christian Community Church on Bartlett Street. It's mostly second dose shots for over 700 seniors, healthcare workers and other Tier 1 qualified recipients. 

SVT Health and Wellness

As the federal and state governments continue to roll out Covid-19 vaccines, they designate the doses for different groups. In the general population, those 65 and older are currently prioritized. Healthcare and assisted living facility personnel and residents were in the first wave of inoculations.
    Other doses have been specifically earmarked for federally-funded Indian Health Service clinics, and are sent to them directly, skipping the state middleman.


Registration begins today, Tuesday February 2, for the Homer Incident Command Team's COVID-19 vaccination clinics. The clinics are scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, February 5 and 6 at the Christian Community Church on Bartlett Street in Homer.


On this mornings Brief, Pegge Erkeneff, representing Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, talks about new scheduling protocols for schools, and reviews numbers for enrollment, attendance and the District's food program.