I got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine over the weekend. Because I had traveled recently, I had to go to a small room at the entrance of Centennial Hall to avoid being around people. There was a worker there from Greens Creek Mine, who had just traveled, and also like me, was afraid of needles.
This guy commutes to Juneau from the Lower 48 every few weeks for his shift at the mine. And when he gets to town each time he has to quarantine at a local hotel for five days (it used to be for two weeks) before heading to work.
For him, the vaccine means he won't have to quarantine next time he comes to Juneau, and that means less time away from his family back home. As Matt Miller reported last week, the mine operator doesn't have a formal incentive program for him to get vaccinated. They don't have to. The shorter commute and reduced risk of getting COVID-19 from fellow workers in the mine or at their camp seems to be motivation enough.
I had plenty of motivation to get vaccinated, but the same travel incentive the miners have is there for all Juneau residents. If you're fully vaccinated, you don't have to quarantine when you come back after traveling and you get to skip the five days of social distancing. And you can still take a free COVID-19 test at the airport.
I'm curious: what motivated you to get vaccinated?
-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor