Half of Alaska residents 16 and up received one vaccine dose

    Kenai, Alaska (AP) — Alaska public health officials say nearly half of the state's residents 16 and older have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    The Peninsula Clarion reports about 47% of people 16 and older had received both doses as of Friday, while about 53% had received at least one dose.

    The milestones came days after Alaska opened up vaccination appointments for children 12 and up following the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention approval of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for use in the age group.

    The milestones came the same day that Juneau and Anchorage eased or revoked the city's mask mandates following the CDC's new vaccinated people masking guidance.

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