Alaska Is First US State To Open Vaccinations To Every Adult


You must be either living or working in Alaska to be eligible.

The vaccine will be available to anyone over 16, which is the lowest age authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for use of the Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to anyone over 18.

Most states are still requiring specific qualifications for the vaccine, such as seniors, essential workers or those with underlying conditions.

“Nearly one year ago the first positive COVID-19 case arrived in Alaska. Today, our state – because of the undaunted efforts of Alaskans – is leading the nation in vaccinations efforts,” Dunleavy added.

On March 3, Dunleavy had opened up vaccines to anyone 55 and older as well as essential workers — such as teachers, agriculture workers, first responders and the media — and those with underlying conditions.

Alaska has been allocated 288,000 doses with 170,993 people having received at least one shot and 119,631 completely vaccinated, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Alaska, with just shy of 60,000 confirmed cases, ranks 46th-most in the U.S. — behind only Wyoming, Maine, Hawaii and Vermont in fewest cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Alaska has recorded 291 deaths total, with 38 since Feb. 1. Only Vermont has recorded fewer deaths. The majority of cases and deaths have come in Anchorage.


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