Alaska to start providing tourists with vaccine options at 4 airports beginning in June
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
Editor’s note: This piece has been updated with additional information.
Alaska was the first state to allow all residents aged 16 and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Now, it’s forging ahead with a new pro-shot campaign: Alaska will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines at four airports across the state to residents and tourists alike beginning on June 1.
The airports will be administering either the Pfizer or Moderna shot. Those who won’t be in the area for the second shot will need to contact their local providers for the follow-up dose.
Participating airports include Anchorage International Airport (ANC), Fairbanks International Airport (FAI), Juneau International Airport (JNU), and Ketchikan International Airport (KTN), and all shots will be administered (for free) outside the security areas.
Governor Mike Dunleavy said in a press conference on Friday that “the idea is if we have excess vaccines, why not use them?”
According to the AP, officials are doing a “soft rollout” for Alaskans traveling through the Anchorage airport for five days in late April to work through logistics. Then, eligibility opens up to all come June.
According to the New York Times, Alaska has one of the highest vaccination rates in the country, having fully vaccinated 40% of its population.
“We want to get our economy back up and running. We want to get our society back up and running,” Governor Dunleavy said. “We want to put this virus behind us — as far as possible, as soon as possible.”
Across the country, states have been ramping up their vaccination rollout programs. According to the Times, about 3.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being injected each day, and about 129.5 million people across the country have received at least one dose.
Iceland, for example, has said that tourists who are fully vaccinated will be able to forgo a mandatory quarantine.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian said at ITB Berlin that vaccines will be the biggest factor when considering a return to travel — a sentiment echoed by many others in the travel industry.
A state such as Alaska, where the cruise and tourism industries make up a large part of the economy, has much to gain from successful vaccination against COVID-19.
Featured photo by SOPA Images/Getty Images.
Welcome to The Points Guy!
Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases within the first three months of card membership. Plus, earn a $200 statement credit after your first Delta purchase within the first three months. Offer ends 7/28/21.
With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.
- Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles after spending $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months and a $200 statement credit after you make a Delta purchase with your new Card within your first 3 months. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
- Limited Time Offer: Plus, get a 0% intro APR on purchases for 12 months from the date of account opening, then a variable 15.74%-24.74%. Offer expires 7/28/2021.
- Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
- Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
- Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
- Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
- Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
- Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
- Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $250 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees