Mike Dunleavy, Governor of Alaska (R-AK), speaks on July 16, 2020 in the White House in Washington, DC during an event on the Rolling Back Regulations around all Americans on the South Lawn in the White House on July 16, 2020 Washington DC.
Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images
Alaska on Tuesday became the first state to make Covid vaccines available to anyone 16 years of age or older who works or lives in the state immediately.
“This historic step is another nationwide first for Alaska,” said Gov. Mike Dunleavy. said in a statementand added that he “could not be more proud” of Alaska’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Alaska’s move comes as other states expand vaccines to higher-risk populations such as the elderly, frontline workers and those with underlying medical conditions.
The State Department of Health reported a cumulative total of 57,304 residents, 2,461 non-residents and 301 deaths.
Alaska began shooting at health care workers and residents in nursing homes in December before the admission was gradually expanded into phases.
The state says he has more than applied 290,000 doses so far with at least 119,000 people fully vaccinated. This means approx. 23.6% of Alaska’s population received at least one dose and 16.4% were fully vaccinated, according to the state’s vaccination panel.
The governor’s office noted that some regions are already approaching 90% of vaccination rates among the elderly.
“A healthy community means a healthy economy. With overall vaccinations available to all Alaskans living or working here, we will undoubtedly see our economy grow and our businesses thrive,” Dunleavy said.