Alaska reports one-third vaccinated 1 year after 1st case

A vial of the Moderna vaccine waits to be used pharmacy clinic in Sitka on Jan. 22, 2021. (Berett Wilber/KCAW)

Exactly one year after Alaska announced its first case of the coronavirus, the state reported that over one-third of its residents over the age of 16 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The figures were reported last Friday just days after the state dropped restrictions on who could get coronavirus vaccinations, opening eligibility to anyone 16 or older living or working in the state.

Alaska was the first state in the U.S. to remove vaccine eligibility requirements.

About 187,000 people, about 33.1% of all state residents over 16, had received at least one dose of the vaccine as of Friday. About 69% of residents aged 65 or older had received at least one vaccine dose.

Alaska ranked first in the U.S. as of Friday with about 17% of its population having received both doses of the vaccine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker.

The next closest state is New Mexico, with about 15.5% of its population fully vaccinated.

Alaska ranked third in the country as of Friday with 26.5% having received at least one dose of the vaccine, said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker.