The state of Alaska has now become the leader by quickly vaccinating the residents and benefiting from the relationships with the tribal health organizations.
Alaska Becomes The First State To Make Vaccinations Available For All.
On Tuesday, Alaska has now become the first state which has removed its eligibility requirements for the Covid-19 vaccines, thus making this immunization now available to everyone and anyone who is older than 16 years and for those who work or live in this state.
Republican Mike Dunleavy, the state’s governor, has announced this move recently in a press release, thereby calling this a “historic step” and another chance to become the first in Alaska nationwide.
This statement has now been marked as a turning point in the U.S. immunization campaign, which is also the reminder that this access to the vaccine shots is very uneven throughout America. On one side, we can see that some states are still keeping reservations and appointments for adults above the age of 65 or older, in addition to other high-risk groups. On the other side, we see that states like Alaska have opened their vaccination program for all their residents.
About one-fourth of Alaska’s residents have at least received one dose of the vaccine, thereby making this state a leader in carrying out these inoculations efficiently and quite faster than the rest of the country. This state is sharing a distinction with the various rural states, for example, in the Dakotas and West Virginia.
The state of Alaska has been benefited from the partnerships with the tribal health organizations that they have received from their own supply of the vaccine through the Indian Health Service.
Adam Crum, Alaska’s health commissioner, has said that any residents with questions about the criteria and vaccine eligibility should come forward. Putting it simply, everyone is eligible for getting the vaccine. This move is also celebrated enthusiastically by the senior Biden administration officials who are handling the situation at the coronavirus response of the White House, which includes Andy Slavitt.
In the last week, the President of the U.S. promised that there are enough vaccines to cover for every person till the last of May.
Currently, there are three vaccines that are available. While the vaccines of Moderna and Pfizer have been given to many people and their efficacy is much higher but their two doses. Johnson & Johnson vaccines can be given to people in a single dose. The vaccines, which Johnson & Johnson and Moderna develop, are only given to individuals above 18 years of age and older. The people above 16 years of age are eligible to receive the vaccine as per Pfizer’s protocol and the German partner, BioNTech.
In the previous week, Alaska expanded its access to the vaccines to people above 55 years of and above it, along with the residents of any given age plus to those with a high-risk condition medically and the people with various jobs that are defined broadly as necessary. But there are left appointments that are unanswered.
Some other states have already broadened their eligibility, though none of them have managed to go this far. On Monday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) has said that people above 50 years or older can start their reservation their appointments this week. West Virginia and Indiana have now opened their access to all age groups. Michigan will also be doing the same on March 20, after they complete targeting those people in the predetermined bracket, the ones with very high-risk medical conditions.