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Alaska returns to high alert as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations climb

“This pandemic is clearly not over, and it is being driven primarily by people who are unvaccinated,” said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, Alaska’s state epidemiologist.
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State to launch mobile platform for Alaskans to show they’re vaccinated

Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy has said his administration won’t require vaccine passports. But it is nonetheless getting ready to launch an online platform that Alaskans can use to look up and display their COVID-19 vaccination records.
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Fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks indoors and outdoors, CDC says

The loosened guidance should make it easier to reopen schools and workplaces. Mask requirements are still in place for public transport and health care settings.

FAQ: What you need to know about Pfizer’s COVID vaccine and adolescents

The authorization expands the pool of eligible vaccine recipients to about 87% of the total U.S. population, covering an additional 17 million children, and comes at a time when people under age 18 account for one 1 of every 5 newly reported coronavirus infections.
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Alaskans ages 12 to 15 could get COVID-19 vaccine as early as Wednesday

The federal Food and Drug Administration on Monday authorized use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for the age group. Now, the state is waiting for approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before it starts vaccinating children ages 12 to 15.

FDA OKs Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 age group

Until now, the Pfizer vaccine had been authorized only for people age 16 and older. Pfizer asked the FDA to broaden its emergency use authorization for the vaccine after announcing in late March that clinical trials found "100% efficacy and robust antibody responses" in study participants who were 12 to 15 years old.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 25: Two people wearing masks avoid social distancing in Central Park as temperatures rose amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 25, 2020 in New York City, United States. COVID-19 has spread to most countries around the world, claiming over 200,000 lives with over 2.8 million cases. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

CDC: If you’re vaccinated, you don’t need to mask outdoors (unless you’re in a crowd)

Still, the CDC is urging all people — vaccinated or not — to continue avoiding medium or large gatherings, since it's still learning how well the vaccines work to curb the spread of the virus.
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Alaska health officials: Kids 12 to 15 are on cusp of vaccine eligibility

Health experts shared the information with school officials and administrators as they prepare for the end of the school year.

As summer approaches, Alaska’s tourism industry prepares to welcome independent travelers

State and federal leaders have been trying to find ways to bring large ships back to the state this year. But summer is right around the corner.
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In Anchorage’s COVID-19 economy, social media skills are essential for small business — but not everyone has them

Familia opened in May 2020. Their food has gained a strong following despite the pandemic.
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What’s next for the J&J vaccine? U.S. health authorities discuss resuming shots

Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's vaccine advisory committee is meeting again to discuss whether use of the vaccine should resume — and whether any warnings should accompany the shot.

With fewer Alaskans eager for COVID-19 vaccines, more doses are going to waste

Since December, Alaska has recorded just 3,000 wasted doses out of a total of 500,000 administered, for a loss rate of less than 1%. But those data also show a sharp increase in waste this month, with two-thirds of all the lost doses — 1,985 — coming since April 1.

For Kenai Peninsula pharmacist, COVID-19 vaccine fight tests friendships

Justin Ruffridge grew up in Soldotna and, as a conservative and a Christian, he's part of the same demographic as some of the COVID-19 vaccine’s biggest skeptics. He’s also a medical professional lends him a measure of credibility that elected officials and other government employees can lack.
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Alaska to offer vaccines to visitors as part of plan to boost tourism

State officials acknowledged that the U.S.’s relatively high vaccination rate compared with other countries could make Alaska’s offer attractive internationally.
Capital City Fire/Rescue career staff assemble for a pop-up clinic for COVID-19 vaccinations at the downtown fire station in Juneau on Dec. 17, 2020.

Juneau doctors’ group offers chance at cash prize with vaccination

Certain vaccine recipients getting their first dose will be entered into a drawing to win either $500 or $250.

Alaska officials detect case of COVID-19 strain first found in South Africa that’s less affected by vaccines

A single case of the variant, known as B.1.351, was detected last month in the Anchorage-Mat-Su area. Officials haven't said how the infected person acquired the virus, or whether others may have been exposed.

‘The most difficult year’: How the coronavirus pandemic changed one Anchorage city block

The Anchorage block has restaurants, a retail shop, office space and vacant storefronts. Together, they provide a view of how businesses have struggled, especially in the city's downtown core, as a multi-year recession glided into a pandemic.

We asked all 60 Alaska legislators if they’re getting vaccinated. Here’s what they said.

A survey of Alaska lawmakers underscores the depth of the state's partisan vaccine divide in Alaska. All but one Democrat said they're getting the shot, while 20 of the 34 Republican lawmakers either refused to answer or did not respond.
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COVID-19 vaccines may soon come to Alaska’s busiest airports

The state’s top doctor says she wants to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated, and offering single-dose shots at airports could be a key piece of the puzzle.
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Patients, hospitals want Dunleavy and lawmakers to work out differences on disaster declaration

One of the consequences of not having an active disaster declaration is that out-of-state doctors can't practice telemedicine on Alaska patients.