Alaska expands eligibility for COVID Vaccines

Alaska is expanding eligibility for coronavirus vaccinations to include people 50 and older with high-risk medical conditions, pre-kindergarten through grade 12 teachers and childcare workers, and those 50 and older in essential jobs that require working in close proximity to others.

The state health department says people in those groups can start making appointments Thursday.

In late January, a state vaccine official had said officials did not expect new eligibility tiers to open in February, citing a focus on vaccinating people 65 and older. But Gov. Mike Dunleavy says in a Wednesday statement that many Alaskans in that age group who wanted to receive vaccinations have, “and now it’s time to open up vaccinations to a new group of Alaskans.”

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