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How to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine in Alaska

Harvey Watson mans the COVID-19 vaccine entrance at the Anchorage School District Education Center for Alaskans who made appointments to receive their second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 11. (Emily Mesner / ADN)

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A few months into Alaska’s sometimes-rocky COVID-19 vaccine rollout, thousands of Alaskans have been able to get a shot so far — Alaska has even become one of the top states for per capita coronavirus vaccinations.

Still, for many Alaskans, the process has been complicated and confusing, and the eligibility rules have changed fast. Now that anyone 16 or older who works or lives in Alaska is eligible to receive the vaccine, we’ve compiled some resources to help you sign up for an appointment.

(Have you been able to make a vaccine appointment in Alaska? Or have you struggled to find a slot? We want to hear about your experience — tell us about it in the form at the bottom of this page.)

How do I sign up for a shot? And what do I do if there appear to be no open appointments?

There are a number of ways you can go about signing up for a vaccine appointment.

State officials say the best place to start is by visiting covidvax.alaska.gov or calling 907-646-3322 to receive help signing up for a shot.

A quick visit to anchoragecovidvaccine.org will show some of the vaccine appointments currently open statewide.

However, only about half of Alaska vaccine distributors use the state scheduling program, so that list will not show every open appointment in the state.

You can also visit anchoragecovidvaccine.org/providers to see the full list of providers offering vaccine statewide. In some cases, you’ll need to reach out to local providers directly to check whether they have appointments available and sign up.

If you’re 16 or older and want to sign up for a vaccine through Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, visit vax.nuka.com to sign up for a spot. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds will need to have consent from a parent.

Alaska also receives vaccine from a federal partnership with local pharmacies on top of the state allocation. Those shots will be available directly through Walmart, Walgreens and Fred Meyer. You can now visit the websites for Fred Meyer, Walgreens or Walmart to sign up through your local store.

Volunteer Tina DeLapp administers a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Chun Kil Oh during a vaccine clinic at the Anchorage School District Education Center on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (Emily Mesner / ADN)

Because appointments statewide are generally limited and going quickly, it’s possible that you won’t immediately be able to sign up for an appointment even though you’re eligible. More appointments will be released regularly, so officials are urging people to keep checking back. Some providers will also allow you to be added to their waitlists.

Because allocation numbers are population-based, state officials are discouraging Alaskans from signing up for appointments outside of the community or city they live in.

How do I schedule my second appointment?

Because providers get the exact same number of second doses as first doses, second-dose appointments should be made directly with the clinic or provider that administered your first dose, health officials say. Don’t use the state scheduling site to make your second vaccine appointment.

Do you need proof of eligibility to get a shot?

No. The current system is trust-based, and no doctor’s note or other proof of eligibility is being required.

Vaccine appointment availability at a glance (does not show all appointments available):

(Above: Vaccine appointment portal created by the Anchorage i-team. See full site here.)

How do I know if I’m currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccines are now available to anyone 16 or older who works or lives in Alaska. The shift to widespread vaccine eligibility, which occurred March 9, made Alaska the first state in the country to remove eligibility requirements.

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