"We’re setting up and prepping and following the tiers that the state’s giving us to go by for administration."
Dirk White, Owner and Pharmacist
By collaborating with the State of Alaska, Harry Race Pharmacy was able to complete its first round of Phase 1a COVID-19 vaccinations in late December. The team set up at the local firehall and administered the vaccine to EMT Sitka Firehall, Sitka Police, Alaska State Troopers, Guardian Medic First Responders, and local healthcare workers. As Harry Race Pharmacy received more doses in the new year, they expanded their distribution to include long-term care residents and staff, and then all Alaskans age 65 and above, per CDC and state guidelines. They added links to their website for people to schedule an appointment for pre-selected dates, and they also provided helpful FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccine to alleviate concerns and encourage patience through the lengthy vaccine rollout process.