In order to jumpstart its busy summer tourist season, Alaska will be offering incoming vacationers the option of getting a free COVID vaccine at several of its major airports.
Beginning June 1, tourists traveling to Alaska will be able to get a COVID vaccine at clinics set up outside of the security area at airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan, USA Today reports.
According to USA Today, the airports will offer either the two-dose Prizer or Moderna vaccines, with Alaska’s Division of Public Health director Heidi Hedberg telling the media outlet, travelers can follow up at home for their second dose if they’re not in Alaska when that time comes. They would just need to make sure they let their clinic or physician know which type of vaccine they received in Alaska.
In addition, Alaska’s Governor, Mike Dunleavy, announced a plan to provide $150 million in relief that will go directly to the tourism industry and announced a massive advertising campaign aimed at encouraging Americans to visit Alaska this summer. Gov. Dunleavy is also urging the CDC to issue guidelines allowing cruise ships to return to Alaska for the peak tourist season.