Alaska Leads All States In Percentage Of People Per Capita Who Have Gotten COVID Shot

 8.1% Of Alaskans Have Received First Shot   The State of Alaska announced on January 20th, 2021 that it is now #1 in all U.S. states in the...

 8.1% Of Alaskans Have Received First Shot 


The State of Alaska announced on January 20th, 2021 that it is now #1 in all U.S. states in the percentage of people, per capita, who have been given at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot. Alaska's per capita vaccination rate is 9.93 doses given per 100 people, the state says. 

West Virginia is second, with 8.94 doses per 100 people. Alaska now counts more people who have been vaccinated with their first dose of vaccine than residents who have tested positive. 

Alaska's vaccine monitoring dashboard says 59,392 people in Alaska have received their first dose of vaccine, and 13,270 have received both doses. Based on current state population estimates, this means 8.1% of all Alaskans have been reported receiving at least one dose of vaccine while 12,178 people, or about 1.8% of the state's population, have completed two doses.
 
Two doses of COVID-19 vaccine spaced apart are required for full protection, as studied in clinical trials. It takes about two weeks after the second dose for your immune system to build up to full protection. Because the vaccines were not studied in children, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is currently recommended for persons 16 years of age and older in the U.S. population under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization while the Moderna vaccine is recommended for people aged 18 years and older.

The vaccine dashboard includes people who have received state-allocated vaccine, and also those who received federally allocated vaccine from the Indian Health Service but not from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska's Chief Medical Officer, said that while it’s important to celebrate successes, now is not the time to let down our guard, especially as many Alaska communities continue to experience high rates of transmission and we are trying to prevent a more contagious variant of the virus from taking hold in Alaska.

“Until we can protect more people through vaccination, we can all – including those who have been vaccinated – help keep the virus under control,” she said. “Keep wearing masks, maintain physical distance from others, keep your social circles small, get tested if you feel sick or may have been exposed, and when it’s your turn to do so, please consider getting vaccinated.”

 


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