Young goes viral, urging Alaskans to vaccinate

Rep. Don Young at the Cordova Center. (Aug. 31, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, is speaking out in television and radio ads, urging Alaskans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Young voiced spots on two Alaska’s News Source television channels and radio stations including KENI and KBBI, which are going out on the air waves as the number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths continues to rise in Alaska.

“I was briefly in the hospital with COVID last year and didn’t want to risk getting it again,” Young said in one of the advertisements. “I got vaccinated to protect my family, my staff and friends, and I can tell you it is safe and effective.  Do your part to move Alaska past of this pandemic.  Please get vaccinated.”

Young noted that on Friday, Oct. 15 alone the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services confirmed three more deaths, 1,000 new infections and 200 hospitalizations related to the pandemic. The congressman also spoke of his own experience with COVID-19 and subsequent vaccination.

Young’s office said he has also recorded a podcast with the Conquer COVID Coalition, all as part of an effort to urge Alaskans to overcome vaccine hesitancy.