SEARHC urges registration as more vaccine on the way

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is encouraging the public to register for their COVID-19 vaccination shot, as the latest allotment of doses has arrived and more will be on the way.

SEARHC is providing vaccines first to people at least 65 years old and to frontline essential workers, according to a Jan. 19 press release. However, anyone can register regardless of where they fit in the availability sequence for their community, and they will be notified when their turn comes up.

More than 720 people had registered in Wrangell as of Tuesday afternoon, said Aaron Angerman of SEARHC.

"SEARHC has made registering for the vaccination quick and easy," the press release said. "A valid email address is required to sign up. Registration can be completed in approximately three minutes using a laptop, tablet or smartphone."

The registration form asks for name and age, contact information, and whether the person is a SEARHC patient or beneficiary. It also asks about any factors such as asthma, diabetes or heart conditions.

Once registered, the information is sent to their community's local clinic, Angerman said. As the next rounds of vaccine supplies arrive, those registered will receive an email to schedule an appointment to get their shots.

"Getting vaccinated is an important step in protecting the health and well-being of your family and your community," Dr. Elliot Bruhl, SEARHC senior vice president and chief medical officer, said in the press release. "With a list of registered patients, our providers will work to administer vaccines as quickly as we receive them." 

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