Published17. April 2021, 09:43
Sufficient vaccine, but too few visitors: The US state of Alaska wants to attract travelers with an unusual campaign and vaccinate them at the airports for free.
Alaska’s tourism has suffered badly from the pandemic.
Now the US state wants to attract guests with free vaccinations at the airports.
The program is open to all travelers.
Alaska plans to make coronavirus vaccinations available to tourists at airports in the US state. Governor Mike Dunleavy presented a plan on Friday to bring tourists to Alaska in this way. The offer of a vaccination is “probably another good reason to come to the state of Alaska in the summer,” said Dunleavy. “We have access to the vaccines, so why don’t we use that?” He said according to the «Anchorage Daily News». And further: “So we turn to the tourists and tell them: If you come to Alaska, you will get your vaccination for free.”
At airports in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan, vaccinations will start on June 1st. At the end of April there will be a test phase for traveling residents, said Heidi Hedberg from the state Ministry of Health. The program is open to both US citizens and international guests.
Comprehensive plan for tourism
The idea is part of a larger plan to revive tourism in the northernmost of all US states. This also includes a multi-million dollar advertising campaign and a request for $ 150 million in aid for tourism companies.
Coronavirus cruise ship restrictions have hit businesses in Alaska hard. Dunleavy said Alaska, like Florida, is still considering suing the US government over the restrictions.
Of those Alaska residents aged 16 or older who are eligible, around 40 percent received a full coronavirus vaccination, according to the state Department of Health. According to Dunleavy, vaccination coverage of 66 percent has already been achieved in those over 65.
(AP / trx)