YKHC will begin COVID-19 vaccinations this week for elders, next week for 1B-eligible individuals

YKHC began COVID-19 vaccination of Phase 1A eligible frontline healthcare workers and long-term care residents on Thursday, December 17. With the majority of Phase 1A complete, this week YKHC will move on to vaccinations of Phase 1B eligible individuals – elders 65 years and older and frontline essential workers. 

Bethel-based elders, 65+
Beginning Wednesday, December 23, YKHC will begin COVID-19 vaccinations for Bethel elders 65 and older. Bethel elders who would like to schedule a vaccination should call the COVID-19 hotline at 543-6949. YKHC is providing vaccinations in the Wellness Center of the hospital. In order to maintain adequate social distance, and provide enough room for the 20-minute post-vaccination observation period, YKHC can vaccinate up to 30 individuals per hour. For safety and security reasons, individuals receiving a vaccine are asked to arrive for their appointment time on their own and wearing a mask upon entry and throughout your time on the YKHC campus.

Village-based elders, 65+, and Frontline Essential Workers
Beginning the week of December 28, YKHC will begin COVID-19 vaccinations for village-based elders and Phase 1B’s frontline essential workers. YKHC will contact eligible village-based elders directly to schedule vaccinations.

Frontline essential workers are individuals who work in the following roles:

  • Corrections officers
  • COVID-19 quarantine workers
  • Daycare providers
  • First responders
  • Frontline service organization staff (like shelters for those who experience domestic violence or homelessness)
  • Grocery/convenience stores
  • Hospital Incident Command: COVID-19 response team
  • Law enforcement
  • Office of Children’s Services
  • Pilots and airline support staff
  • Post offices
  • Public transportation and cab companies
  • Teachers and education support staff
  • Utilities (telecommunication, electricity, water/sewer, and fuel)
  • Additional categories may be added as we know it.

If you work in the above industries and you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine during Phase 1B, please submit your information at the following: https://tinyurl.com/y7reeyst

Please note: YKHC will contact you directly to schedule vaccination, please do not arrive without a scheduled appointment. Completion of this form does not automatically schedule a vaccination appointment.

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