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COVID-19 vaccinations administered, surpass reported resident cases in Alaska

According to a press release put out by the Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska...
According to a press release put out by the Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska now counts more people who have been vaccinated with their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine than residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 1:45 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - According to a press release put out by the Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska now counts more people who have been vaccinated with their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and reported into VacTrAK — the state’s immunization tracking system — than residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and whose cases have been entered into the state’s data dashboard.

Alaska is also currently ranked first among states for the percentage of people per capita who have been given at least one shot, according to the Bloomberg vaccine tracker, which pulls from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s database and state dashboards. Alaska’s per capita vaccination rate is 9.93 doses given per 100 people, according to Bloomberg. West Virginia is ranked second, with 8.94 doses per 100 people. Please note that this data is updated frequently, so please check the Bloomberg tracker for current statistics.

“The pandemic is not yet over, but we wanted to celebrate this milestone achievement in our fight to defeat COVID-19,” said Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink. “We have teamwork and many Alaskans to thank for how quickly we’ve been able to vaccinate our most vulnerable residents. Alaskans are eager to receive this vaccine and end the pandemic. Our state is fortunate to have a strong network of community partners and providers across the state working together to distribute and administer vaccine as quickly, efficiently and equitably as we possibly can – fast and fair.”

Alaska’s vaccine monitoring dashboard counts 59,392 people in Alaska who have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 13,270 who have received both doses. Based on State of Alaska 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.

As of Jan. 20, Alaska’s COVID-19 data dashboard showed a total of 50,732 Alaska resident cases and 1,661 nonresident cases.

Dr. Zink added 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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