In Alaska, that means 40,000 young people could get their vaccines starting this week.
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A record number of Covid patients, a lack of equipment to treat them, staff shortages and bed capacity are all issues Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is battling.
“We are looking at new different ways to get information and vaccinations out to people,” said Dr. Mark Simon, an emergency physician at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
The Fairbanks borough is second to last in the state when it comes to vaccination rates.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Shelter is closed after an employee tested positive for Covid-19.
The cruise industry shutdown, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, represented a $3 billion loss to Alaska in 2020.
The bill states that “unless authorized by federal law,” an employer may not require an employee or job applicant to undergo or show proof of a Covid vaccine “as a condition of employment.”
There are lots of options being considered, and the Borough Assembly is expected to talk about them Saturday.
The decision came from AIH's parent company, Bering Straits Native Corporation, in part because of the toll Covid is taking on Native communities.
School principals are the most-vaccinated, the survey finds.