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Alaska front-line health care workers get first vaccinations

Rachel Kelly, left, an intensive care unit nurse, receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine from Emily Schubert, the employee health nurse at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

By MARK THIESSEN Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Coronavirus vaccinations reached the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage as the rollout spread across the state. Front-line medical workers at the center waited Tuesday to receive their first shot and get instructions on when to return for a second injection as part of the two-step process. Dr. David Zielke, a pulmonary critical care physician, says he’s been looking forward to getting the vaccine and recommends it to others. The vaccine arrived during a spike in cases in Alaska. State health officials have reported more than 40,000 total cases and 178 deaths from the virus.


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