Joining the latest trend of promoting vaccine tourism, Alaska has announced that it will offer tourists COVID-19 vaccines at major airports starting June 1.
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said Friday (April 16) the plan is intended to help boost the state’s battered tourism industry.
Dunleavy said the vaccine offering is "probably another good reason to come to the state of Alaska in the summer.”
The Republican leader is one of many U.S. politicians pushing for the return of cruise ships after COVID-19 restrictions put a wrench into Alaska’s 2021 season.
Canadian Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra’s order that prohibits large cruise ships from entering Canadian waters until Feb. 28, 2022, plays a part in this as ships sailing from the U.S., for example, are required to stop in Canada.
U.S. politicians are lobbying to save the Alaskan cruise season by introducing new legislation called the Alaska Tourism Recovery Act, which, if passed, would allow cruise ships to sail to Alaska without requiring a stop.
Alaska, last month, was the first U.S. state to drop restrictions on who could get a COVID-19 vaccine when it opened eligibility to anyone 16 or older.
Heidi Hedberg, the state health department's Division of Public Health director, said Alaska has an ample supply of vaccine, stating that the proposed airport program will offer the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna brands, reports say.
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