New vaccinations may get placed on a waiting list

    Some health care workers are yet to receive their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - People aged 65 or older who try to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations may get put on a waiting list until more doses arrive.

    On Wednesday at noon, sign-ups for the next phase of vaccinations begin. Phase 1b Tier 1 encompasses people who are 65 or older. The previous phase, Phase 1a Tier 3, began on Monday.

    At the CBJ Assembly meeting on Monday night, Deputy City Manager Mila Cosgrove said there are not enough doses yet for everyone who qualifies to get their vaccinations.

    "You may be placed on a waiting list," she said. "We are waiting to hear whether or not we are going to get an additional allocation of vaccine."

    Assembly member Loren Jones raised concerns to Cosgrove about how Juneau plans to handle distributing doses to people over 65, while also reserving doses for health care workers awaiting their booster shot.

    "My understanding is, that the vaccine numbers that we having coming to us are in addition to the number that have been set aside for the second dose," Cosgrove said in response. This means people in Phase 1b Tier 1 do not have to worry about whether getting a Moderna or Pfizer vaccine will take away the opportunity for a person in a previous phase to receive their second shot.

    Cosgrove added that Juneau is set to receive monthly shipments of vaccines, but does not know the amount expected for the next one. "Quite honestly, I don't think the state knows either," she said.

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