KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan Public Health Clinic on Monday announced that it will hold three COVID-19 vaccination clinics during three one-day clinics through Jan. 20.

Eligible individuals include those aged 65 years or older (Phase 1b, Tier 2, of the state's vaccination plan) and health care providers who are not affiliated with PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center (Phase 1a, Tier 3), according to a Monday morning press release from the local Emergency Operations Center.

According to the Monday morning statement, the clinic had "available appointment times" on Thursday, as well as on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20.

By late Monday afternoon, the only available appointments were on Jan. 19 (one available) and Jan. 20 (25 available), according to information from Ketchikan Public Health.

"These clinics have been added to the Alaska DHSS online scheduling tool, in addition to clinics offered by other providers," the EOC release noted.

Appointments can be scheduled on the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' COVID-19 website (www.covidvax.alaska.gov).

The DHSS COVID-19 hotline (907-246-322) also is available to assist with scheduling an appointment. The line is designed for callers to leave a message with their name, number and location, and a DHSS official will return the call within 24 hours.

In Ketchikan, the Community Connections and Rendezvous Senior Services organizations are able to assist clientele with scheduling a vaccination date, according to the EOC update.

The Ketchikan Public Library also can assist eligible individuals with scheduling needs.

"Please note that the current vaccine quantity and available appointment times are limited," the release stated. "Public Health has ordered additional quantity of vaccine with the goal that additional clinics can be scheduled later in the month."

With the recent opening of Phase 1b on Jan. 6, state officials have cautioned that vaccination appointments across Alaska may be scarce or fill up quickly.

As more vaccine is shipped to Alaska, and as more providers enroll in DHSS' vaccination program, appointments will continue to become available.

Communities will receive portions of the state's allocation of COVID-19 vaccines based on population size and the current phase(s) of vaccination, according to DHSS officials.