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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COVID-19: Call Before Seeking Care

If you have symptoms like a fever, cough or shortness of breath, do not go to your village clinic and do not go to the Emergency Room in Bethel. Instead, call your village clinic, or in Bethel, call 543-6949.