Additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be available at an upcoming vaccine clinic due to a new partnership, City and Borough of Juneau announced. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire file)

Additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be available at an upcoming vaccine clinic due to a new partnership, City and Borough of Juneau announced. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire file)

Partnership makes additional vaccines available in Juneau

Additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be available at an upcoming vaccine clinic, City and Borough of Juneau announced.

The surplus is due to a new partnership among Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, Juneau Public Health and the city, the city said in a news release. The clinic is scheduled for March 12 and 13 at Centennial Hall. It is organized by Bartlett Regional Hospital, Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Juneau Public Health Center, SEARHC, and City and Borough of Juneau.

The partnership enables the organizations to leverage their access to the vaccine and ensure that a larger portion of eligible groups get the vaccine at the next clinic. Eligible groups, as determined by the State of Alaska, include people aged 65 years or above, pre K-12 and child care education staff, people 50 years and above with a high-risk medical condition, people 50 years and above working as a frontline essential worker, and people living or working in congregate settings.

“At SEARHC, we strive to serve the Southeast region and fulfill our mission of Alaska Native People working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities. This collaboration illustrates this effort,” said SEARHC Vice President of Clinics Eric Gettis in a news release. “By joining forces, the partnership will secure additional doses beyond the amounts otherwise available,”

CBJ thanked SEARHC, in the release, for its willingness to partner in expanding the availability of the vaccine to Juneau residents.

“SEARHC has done an impressive job at quickly distributing vaccine throughout Southeast Alaska,” said CBJ Emergency Operations Center Planning Section Chief Robert Barr in the release. “We’re thrilled SEARHC is joining the partnership that makes the mass vaccination clinics in Juneau possible. In addition to more vaccine, SEARHC brings a wealth of medical expertise and experience to this work,” said in the release.

Ample vaccine supplies remain available for SEARHC patients. Alaska Native Beneficiaries and their families are encouraged to register for their vaccines at covid19.searhc.org.

• Contact the Juneau Empire newsroom at (907)308-4895.

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