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The Logistics of Getting Vaccines to Remote Alaskan Villages Are Wild

When the pandemic started, isolation was an asset; now it’s creating hurdles for vaccine distribution.

A recent New York Times article discussed the logistics of distributing COVID-19 vaccines to remote villages in Alaska. Despite natural isolation, the virus managed to creep its way into the population turning isolation into a liability. The virus thrived in communities with minimal sanitation, and in some cases infected over 60% of the population. Now, bush planes, boats, sleds and snowmobiles are delivering vaccines. However, just because vaccines are available, doesn’t mean people are willing to take them.

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