FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2022
Contact: Sarah Richards, Public Relations Specialist
Nome, Alaska – Norton Sound Health Corporation identified 64 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, Feb. 16. Of the new cases, 21 were in Savoonga, 10 were in Stebbins, nine were in Nome, seven were in Shaktoolik, six were in Gambell, six were in Shishmaref, two were in Diomede, two were in White Mountain, and one was in Brevig Mission.
NSHC recommends getting a booster COVID-19 vaccination for those who are eligible. Everyone 12 years and older who received a primary series of the Pfizer vaccine at least five months ago or the Moderna vaccine at least six months ago should receive a booster dose. Everyone who received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months ago should receive a booster dose, preferably of an mRNA vaccine.
Vaccinations are available by walk-in appointment at the NSHC Pharmacy 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Patients in regional villages may contact their local clinic to arrange a booster vaccination.
While some people continue to have reservations about the vaccines, particularly for pregnant patients, one recent Scottish study has published promising results. The study found that COVID-19 vaccinations reduce COVID-19 risks in pregnancy, including hospital admissions, critical care admissions, and perinatal deaths. The vaccine is considered safe for pregnant women and is recommended. The study was published on Jan. 13 in Nature Medicine.
There are currently 200 active cases in the region: 42 in Nome, 40 in Savoonga, 37 in Gambell, 19 in Stebbins, 13 in Koyuk, 11 in Shishmaref, 10 in Unalakleet, seven in Teller, six in Shaktoolik, six in White Mountain, five in Diomede, two in Brevig, one in Elim, and one in Golovin.