In an interview with Alaska Public Media, Dr. Anne Zink, the state’s Chief Medical Officer, credits Alaska’s communities for working together to get people vaccinated quickly.
She says Alaska is getting more doses of the vaccine because of additional allotments for the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service.
“We have the highest veterans per capita population. We have a large military presence. And we have a large Indigenous population, with over 229 sovereign tribes,” Zink says.
On Thursday, the state reported that more than 14,000 people have received both doses of their Covid-19 vaccine. More than 67,000 people have gotten at least one of the shots in the series.