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Alaska Executives, Employers Wrestle With Whether to Mandate, Incentivize, or Encourage COVID-19 Shots | Alaska Public

Dan Blanchard 2019

For Emily Palenske, who works with residents and staff at two nursing and rehabilitation homes owned by a company called Maple Springs in the Mat-Su, the COVID-19 vaccine offered a way out of a year of pandemic anxiety and fear.

Four months after the shots first arrived in Alaska, most of the nursing homes’ 100 residents have chosen to receive the vaccine. But vaccination rates remain far lower among the 250 employees: 45% at Maple Springs’ Wasilla facility, and roughly one-third in Palmer, said Palenske, an infection preventionist.

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