Starting June 1, visitors to Alaska can receive the first dose (free) of their COVID-19 vaccine, according to Heidi Hedberg, Alaska’s director of public health.
Visitors arriving by air in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau can receive the shot, free of charge. The pop-up clinics will be open each day. If visitors remain in Alaska long enough after the first shot to receive the second shot, they can receive that as well. Otherwise, visitors can get the second shot after returning home. Further, Alaskans who are picking up their visitors at the airport also can get the shot.
Travelers also can get vaccinated at one of many community clinics throughout the state. Click HERE for more info.
There is a separate vaccination push for Alaskans. It’s called “Sleeves Up for Summer”! Let’s roll up our sleeves and put the pandemic behind us. The goal of this community-driven campaign is to increase COVID-19 vaccinations statewide by 25% during May. LEARN MORE. Click here.
Use the new Alaska Safe Travels App to pre-register for a free COVID-19 test at one of many convenient airport testing locations. Soon, travelers will also be able to pre-register to receive a COVID-19 vaccination at select airports (ANC, FAI, JNU, KTN). Fully vaccinated travels should not test for COVID-19. Individuals are fully vaccinated two weeks after the receipt of one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or the second dose in a two-dose series.
If you wait until arrival to get tested, you should follow strict social distancing for five days or until you get your test results (whichever is longer).
Remember: the State of Alaska does not have any travel mandates at this time. BUT, several communities do, including: Bethel, Nome, Dutch Harbor, Utquigvik, St. Paul Island, Dillingham and Kotzebue, among others. CLICK HERE for more information and follow the link for specific information on each community.
IMPORTANT: You are not required to get a COVID-19 test by the State of Alaska, but it’s the right thing to do. The State of Alaska’s Dept. of Health and Social Services relies on these tests to identify travelers who are COVID-positive. This helps stop the spread of the virus, including the highly contagious variants.
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