“Vaccination is a gift and a privilege we can give to ourselves and our entire community so that we can get back to doing a lot of the things that we’ve missed out this last year,” one vaccine recipient said.
Ketchikan is projected to have enough vaccines to inoculate about half of the adult population by the end of the month. The Southeast Regional Health Consortium, better known as SEARHC, is sending 1,500 doses to Ketchikan to help get the job done.
“I think that the rollout is going to have all sorts of bumps in the road. And I think we’re all going to get vaccinated, and it’s going to get better, and it’s going to get smoother. And we have to hold our breath and be patient,” a retired Ketchikan physician said.
“A majority of the population trusts nurses and medical professionals — so if we’re out there getting the vaccine, I’m hoping that that will show the population, that it’s okay to get the vaccine, that it is safe,” a newly-vaccinated nurse said.