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Vaccine Expansion Set To Accelerate Alaska’s Recovery
March 3, 2021 (Anchorage, AK) – Governor Mike Dunleavy today called the move to expand the vaccine eligibility criteria for the state-allocated COVID-19 vaccine significant as part of the process in accelerating Alaska’s recovery and getting the economy back up and running.
Alaska continues to lead the nation in vaccinations.
The newly eligible group, Phase 1c, will include persons ages 55-64 years, plus persons ages 16 and above who are essential workers as defined by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), or who have certain medical conditions, or who live in multigenerational households or in communities with limited plumbing.
This newly expanded group will include 103,000 essential workers who work in fields such as education, food production and agriculture, manufacturing, public transit, grocery stores, transportation and logistics, food service, shelter and housing, finance, IT and communication, energy, media, legal, public safety, law enforcement, water and wastewater or with the U.S. Postal Service.
Alaskans who were previously eligible (Phase 1a and 1b) can continue to get immunized against COVID-19 if they have not already done so.
“By giving more Alaskans the opportunity to get vaccinated, the faster we can get Alaskan business thriving again,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “This is the jump start to get our economy going again.”
People can learn more at covidvax.alaska.gov, or may call 1-907-646-3322 from 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekends.
Media Contact: Jeff Turner email@example.com (907) 310-4961
Notice from the Office of the State Veterinarian:
CANINE INFECTIOUS RESPIRATORY DISEASE- Parainfluenza Virus
An increased number of cases of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD) have been reported in the southcentral area (majority in Anchorage) this winter. A similar report of increased cases in Southeast was also observed late fall and into the winter.
Opportunistic testing was done on a subset of dogs with clinical respiratory disease in Southcentral, as well as Southeast Alaska. The majority of these dogs were positive for parainfluenza virus on a PCR respiratory panel.
Veterinarians should be aware of the current increased prevalence of parainfluenza, and consider biosecurity measures in your hospital if you have appointments for coughing dogs. Also consider discussing protective measures with clients whose dogs may be going to day cares, training classes, or kennels.
COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE
Starting February 11, additional people will be eligible to book an appointment (please wait until February 11 to book an appointment):
“Starting February 11, Phase 1b Tier 2 COVID vaccine appointments will be open. As essential frontline workers who must work within 6 feet of others, veterinarians aged 50 years and older will be eligible for vaccination under Phase 1b Tier 2.
FYI: The Alaska Phase 1b Tier 2 includes ‘Other Community-or Government-Based Operations and Essential Functions.” It also says for further criteria see the CISA advisory list.
On page 19 of the CISA (Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency) document that is referenced by the Alaska Dept of Health, veterinarians are clearly listed under “Other community of government-based operations and essential functions.” https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/ECIW_4.0_Guidance_on_Essential_Critical_Infrastructure_Workers_Final3_508_0.pdf
Just want to keep everyone informed as we continue to find our way through the COVID -19 pandemic. Many veterinarians and veterinary staff have been turned away when signing up for the COVID – 19 vaccine. The Board of Veterinary Examiners has reached out to DHSS for clarification on phase 1a tier 3 eligibility and the guidance has changed based on recommendations from the Allocation Advisory Committee.
Clarification on Phase 1a tier 3
From this updated information, veterinarians and staff are not included in phase 1a, tier 3. The clarifying language added ‘human’ patient, thereby focusing on human healthcare providers, and leaving veterinarians and staff until a later phase of vaccine distribution.
At this time veterinarians and staff should be included in phase 1b. http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/COVID-19/VaccineAvailability.aspx
The AKVMA will continue to update everyone as we are updated. Thank you all for your patience and time.
McKayla Dick, DVM
Alaska Veterinary Medical Association President
Associate Veterinarian, North Pole Veterinary Hospital
Information on vaccination eligibility – https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/c0037dd8735d44cfbd53d192cb2ffed3?portalUrl=https://Alaska-DHSS.maps.arcgis.com You will be asked to answer a few questions regarding your eligibility based on the criteria above.
How to sign up for the vaccination – https://alaska-dhss.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=3d1dff7f0e544edbb18c9039b0473aa5