Alaska becomes 1st state to open vaccinations to those 16 years+

Ranking behind only a handful of states in fewest COVID-19 cases, Alaska is making moves to vaccinate all of their population

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- Those over the age of 16 in Alaska just got some great news–they will now be allowed to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Effective immediately, Alaska will become the 1st state in the nation to allow anyone over the age of 16 to get the COVID-19 vaccine,” Alaska’s Governor, Mike Dunleavy, said in a Tweet on Tuesday. “This marks a significant step forward in our efforts to put the virus behind us.”

In order to be eligible, you have to either live or work in Alaska.

16 years old is the lowest age that has been authorized by the FDA to use the Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to those over 18 years old.

And, most states still require specific qualifications for the vaccine; for example, here in Nebraska qualifying for the vaccine has been largely based on age, but phase 2 A will start allowing a small percentage of people who have underlying health conditions to get vaccinated as well.

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“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 vaccination efforts,” Dunleavy added.

The Department of Health and Human Services says that Alaska has been given 288,000 vaccine doses and 170,993 have been given at least one shot, with 119,631 have been fully vaccinated.

With around 60,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, Alaska ranks 46th-most in the U.S., coming in behind Wyoming, Maine, Hawaii, and Vermont in fewest cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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