The Kodiak Emergency Operations Center will operate a mass vaccination clinic to distribute COVID-19 shots this Saturday. The clinic will be at the Harbormaster’s Office parking lot on Marine Way.
There are about 300 appointments available. They will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sign up at covidvax.alaska.gov or call 907-646-3322.
There will be another clinic on Friday to give out doses to those who got the first round at the EOC’s previous clinic.
Those now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine are as follows: most health care workers, anyone living or working in a long-term care facility, anyone over the age of 65, anyone who works in pre-K through 12th grade education, frontline workers over the age of 50 who work within 6 feet of others, anyone over the age of 50 with a high-risk medical condition and anyone living in a congregate living facility.
High-risk medical conditions include cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Down syndrome, heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies), immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, obesity or severe obesity (body mass index greater than 30 kg/m2), sickle cell disease, smoking, type 1 or type 2 diabetes or pregnancy.
Alongside Saturday’s clinic, vaccine providers in Kodiak are KANA, Kodiak Community Health Center, Safeway, Walmart and Kodiak Island Ambulatory Care Clinic.
Those criteria are widely expanded as of last week, when groups like school staff and seafood processing workers became eligible.
But as school Superintendent Larry LeDoux said at Monday’s Board of Education meeting, most school staff in Kodiak have already gotten at least the first dose.
District staff set up a system where local clinics notified them when they had extra shots left over from that day’s appointments. Then they notified teachers, cooks, janitors and others who wanted a shot when there was an opportunity to get one.
For example, Kodiak Island Ambulatory Care Clinic ran a drive-through vaccination clinic on Feb. 6, back when only those 65 and older were eligible. There were about 30 or 40 shots left over that might have otherwise been wasted that instead went to school staff.
“It was a way to make our staff a little safer and more comfortable. And it seems to have worked,” LeDoux said.
“At this point, all our staff who wanted to, except 55, have gotten their first injection, which is really sort of neat.”
All staff will be done by the end of the week, said Bianca Clark, who helped run the calling system with Jamie Butler and Michelle Odlin.
As of Tuesday, Alaska had given 128,304 people the first dose of either the Pfizer or the Moderna vaccine. Both require second doses, and 65,310 have gotten those.
The Southwest region, which Kodiak is a part of, had vaccinated 5,772 people, with 2,722 people getting both doses.
The EOC also reported seven new cases of COVID-19 in the borough on Tuesday.
The new cases bring the area’s active case count to nine, with no one hospitalized right now. It’s the largest number of single-day case reports since Jan. 21, according to the Kodiak COVID Dashboard.
Of the new cases, three were tested on Feb. 12 and four on Feb. 13. Four of the cases are close contacts of previous cases. Two are classified as community spread and one is travel related.
There have now been 1,059 people who have tested positive for the virus in Kodiak since the start of the pandemic.
The state Department of Health and Social Services announced 476 new cases since Friday. The department no longer makes Saturday reports and was out on Monday because of Presidents Day.
Of those cases, 427 were Alaska residents: 137 in Anchorage, 100 in Wasilla, 45 in Palmer, 31 in Unalaska, 22 in Fairbanks, 16 in North Pole, 10 in Eagle River, nine in Kodiak, seven in the Bethel Census Area, six in Chugiak, five in the Kusilvak Census Area, four in Dillingham, four in Juneau, four in Ketchikan, three in the Copper River Census Area, three in Utqiagvik, two in Skagway, two in the Northwest Arctic Borough, two in Big Lake, two in Seward and one each in Girdwood, Kenai, Soldotna, Willow, Kotzebue, Sitka, Salcha, Hooper Bay, southern Kenai Peninsula Borough, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Yukon Koyukuk Census Area, Nome Census Area, and Bristol Bay plus Lake and Peninsula boroughs.
The state also reported 49 cases among nonresidents since Friday: 37 were in Unalaska, five in the North Slope Borough, two in the Aleutians East Borough, one in Anchorage, one in Kodiak, one in Juneau and three in unidentified regions of the state.