Alaska now has more people vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus than who have contracted the virus.
The 49th state is ranked first in the nation for the percentage of residents who have had at least their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to 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. West Virginia is ranked second, with 8.94 doses per 100 people.
The data is updated frequently, and is likely to change on the Bloomberg tracker.
“The pandemic is not yet over, but we wanted to celebrate this milestone achievement in our fight to defeat COVID-19,” said the State’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 shows that 59,392 people in Alaska have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 13,270 have received both doses. Based on State of Alaska population estimates, this means 8.1% of 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.
Alaska’s COVID-19 data dashboard showed a total of 50,732 Alaska resident cases and 1,661 nonresident cases.