Anchorage to open mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic for eligible residents

The Alaska Airlines Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage during the winter. (Joey Mendolia/Alaska Public Media)

Anchorage will open a mass vaccination clinic at the Alaska Airlines Center this weekend for residents eligible for the current phase of vaccinations.

That includes people over the age of 65, health care workers, long-term care facility residents and staff and emergency response workers.

The clinic will begin with 1,000 appointments spread out over the weekend, with at least another 800 slots next week.

Registration opened at 6 p.m. Thursday on the state’s vaccination website.

The announcement comes after reports of Alaskans having trouble booking appointments for vaccinations over the last several days, including in Anchorage.

“It’s been a challenging few days. I know on our end, and I know for you all that are really trying to make those appointments,” said Tessa Walker Linderman, who runs the state’s vaccination program, at a press conference on Thursday. “We’re working really hard to streamline some of the communications and usability of our website.”

State officials say similar mass vaccination clinics are planned for Juneau, Fairbanks and the Mat-Su.

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