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Congressman Don Young to Alaskans: Get Vaccinated, Protect Your Communities!

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young released a public service announcement personally appealing to Alaskans – and families across the country – to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The Congressman’s message can be viewed here or by clicking on the image above. It can be downloaded here.

Background and timeline:

  • March 2020: Congressman Young helps the House of Representatives pass the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which allocated $10 billion to accelerate vaccine production and distribution through Operation Warp Speed (OWS).
  • July 2020: Pfizer-BioNTech announced a $1.95 billion agreement with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Defense to meet Operation Warp Speed’s goal to begin delivering 300 million doses of a vaccine in 2021.
  • December 2020: The United States Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine.
    • Moderna, another Operation Warp Speed participant, announces that the FDA issued emergency authorization for their COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna’s vaccine received $1 billion from OWS for development, and another $1.5 billion for distribution.
    • Following his own recovery from COVID-19, Congressman Young urges Alaskans who have also recovered to donate convalescent plasma.
    • Congressman Young is briefed by Providence Health on the arrival of the first vaccine doses to Alaska.
    • Ahead of Christmas, Congressman Young votes for further appropriations to accelerate vaccine distribution.
  • January 2021: As the vaccine rollout continues, Congressman Young announces that Alaskans 65+ are eligible to be vaccinated and directs them to appointment resources.
  • March 2021: Congressman Young announces that Alaskans 16 and older are now eligible for vaccination and encourages them to do so.
  • April 2021: Following his second vaccine dose, Congressman Young announces that he is fully vaccinated, and urges Alaskans to get vaccinated as well
  • July 2021: Amid rising national infection rates, Congressman Young once again reiterates that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and available for free.

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