LISTEN: Medical professionals answer Alaskans’ questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

a nurse administers a vaccine to a patient
Anchorage Health Department public health nurse Marguerite Leeds prepares to administer the Covid-19 vaccine during the community vaccine clinic held at Manai Fou Assembly of God Church in Airport Heights on Feb. 23, 2021. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)

Alaska is leading the nation in COVID-19 vaccination rates, bringing us closer to the herd immunity needed to return to normal life. But some people still have questions and concerns about getting the shot. We’ll discuss vaccine hesitancy with medical professionals as they dispel common misinformation circulating about COVID-19 vaccines.

HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Dr. Jocasta Olp, clinical pharmacist & COVID Clinical Health Equity Coordinator, Department of Health and Social Services 
  • Dr. Tom Quimby, emergency physician, Mat-Su Regional Medical Center
  • Dr. Mike Alter, board certified emergency physician for 31 years and President, Matsu Emergency Medical Physicians


Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast.

Send an email to (Comments may be read on air).

Post your comment during or after the live broadcast on social media (Comments may be read on air).

LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 10 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
LIVE Web stream: Click here to stream.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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