Juneau mayor would like to see greater local government control over vaccine allocation

    Juneau Mayor Beth Weldon

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The State of Alaska calls the shots on how COVID-19 vaccines are distributed.

    Juneau Mayor Beth Weldon would like to see that changed.  She said on the KINY Morning Show that they have tried to work with the state in seeking more control over allocations since they know more about the community.   "But so far the state is choosing to do it themselves through their allocation committee," the mayor said

    The state will receive 52,900 COVID-19 doses this month.  About 16,000 doses are allocated to the Indian Health Service.  Governor Mike Dunleavy says the state will continue to accelerate and offer the vaccine to senior citizens and elders who have experienced the greatest illness and death.

    In addition to senior citizens, those working in public safety and education, as well as other front-line workers will be included in the current phase, according to the state release.

    Kroger, the parent company of Fred Meyer Stores, announced in recent days that the  Pfizer coronavirus vaccine will be administered at two locations in Alaska, including Juneau.   The other location will be in Anchorage.

    The initial supply will be reserved for frontline workers,  according to the press release from  Kroger press.    When the pharmacy at the Juneau store was contacted by News of the North, the official we spoke to was not aware of the pending delivery of the vaccine or the company's announcement.


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