The Dillingham High School gym hummed with activity Saturday. Health care workers sat at tables spread across the room, as people waited for a dose of the Moderna vaccine.
It was Dillingham’s second weekend clinic, and the first since the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation opened the vaccine clinic to anyone over the age of 18.
Patricia Owens was among a group waiting patiently on the gym’s hard plastic bleachers. She had just received her second shot of the two-dose vaccine.
“I want to be healthy for my community and the people around me. I want to be able to see my mom and my grandkids,” she said.
People who get vaccinated may still be able spread COVID-19. But Owens said getting the shot gives her hope that it’ll be safer for her to travel and see her family; her mom is 87 and lives in Palmer.