Talk to your Neighbor: Anchorage community members continue to encourage COVID-19 vaccination | Alaska Insight

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the massive amount of misinformation about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine continues to hinder vaccination rates, despite the best efforts of doctors to reassure their patients that the shot is safe.

Lori Townsend discusses local efforts to build trust in vetted medical information with Anchorage community members on a special one-hour Alaska Insight.

LINKS: COVIDatos, Mountain View Health Services, COVID-19 Vaccines: Barriers, Motivators, and Trusted Sources of Information for Individuals with Disabilities in the State of Alaska

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

Originally from the Central Coast of California, Valerie joined Alaska Public Media in July 2017. She creates original video content for the station's TV and digital platforms while also overseeing the Production Department. Before moving to Alaska, Valerie worked as an ENG Editor at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. She also served in the U.S. Air Force as a TV and Radio Broadcast Journalist where she traveled around Europe, Africa, The Baltics, Australia, and the Southern United States reporting on military events, exercises, and missions. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, backcountry skiing, backpacking, yoga, and traveling.

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