Alaska opens vaccines to residents 16 以上, the first state to drop nearly all eligibility requirements

アラスカ, one of the states leading the US in vaccinations, has made the Covid-19 vaccine available to any resident ages 16 以上.

It’s the first state in the US to remove nearly every eligibility requirement for the Covid-19 vaccinea milestone possible, the state’s chief medical officer said, because of the state’s success in vaccinating vulnerable Alaskans.
Soon this virus will be a preventable disease, if people choose to get vaccinated,” 博士は言った. Anne Zink of Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services in a Tuesday news conference. “This is our shot to end the pandemic.
      Starting this week, Alaskans ages 16 and up can make an appointment to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to residents 18 years and older.
        アラスカ政府. Mike Dunleavy, who tested positive for Covid-19 last month, で言った ステートメント that the milestoneshould come as no surprisegiven the cooperation of state residents and an enviably smooth vaccine rollout.

          How Alaska is getting vaccinations right

          Alaska has consistently ranked among the top states in percentage of residents vaccinated, による CNN’s Covid-19 vaccine tracker. 約 41 vaccine doses have been administered for every 100 住民, オーバー 16% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated.
          The state’s robust public health systemand experience in distributing vaccines to the far reaches of the massive statehad equipped it for a successful vaccine rollout, Zink 先週CNNに語った. And the state’s 229 sovereign tribes received their own vaccine allocations, which relieved some of the pressure off the state to provide for all 730,000-plus residents.
          Even before Tuesday’s announcement, Alaska’s vaccine eligibility had already expanded to include essential workers, residents of multigenerational housing and young people who accompanied seniors to their vaccination appointment, a strategy that Zink and officials from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium said addressed the disproportionate death rates among low-income residents and Alaska Natives.
          The state currently has 430,685 doses of the Covid-19 vaccinenot enough to vaccinate the entire state within a few weeks.
            We know we don’t have enough vaccine in the state of Alaska to do everyone tonight,” Zink said. “But even if you’re thinking about it, しましょう (the state’s Covid-19 helpline) 知っている, and they can help connect you to an appointment if appointments become filled quickly as more vaccine comes into the state.
            Appointments for vaccines will likely fill up quickly, Zink said in the news conference, but more will become available as soon as the state gets its monthly vaccine allotment.