A floatplane arrives carrying Wrangell’s first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, 16 December 2020.
(Sage Smiley / KSTK)

Wrangell’s first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrived Wednesday on a chartered floatplane from Sitka.

SEARHC’s Kathy Jo Blackburn was on hand to take delivery of the vaccine. She said she didn’t know how many doses were contained in the first delivery. 

Aaron Angerman, also from SEARHC, added that the first vaccinations were scheduled to begin this afternoon, and would include the Wrangell Medical Center’s director Dr. Lynn Prysunka. 

SEARHC has not said how many doses Wrangell received of the Pfizer vaccine. 

Kathy Jo Blackburn (left), pilot Steve Kamm (middle), and Aaron Angerman (right) after the vaccine dropoff.
(Sage Smiley / KSTK)

It requires two doses, taken three weeks apart. The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the vaccine for emergency use, finding it to be 94% effective. 

Angerman says the shipment arrived by charter plane because a commercial flight would’ve delayed delivery until the evening.

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