State medical officer urges vaccinations


December 9, 2021

JUNEAU (AP) — State health officials are urging Alaskans to get vaccinated and to get their booster shot as the Omicron variant continues to spread across the nation.

Alaska had no confirmed cases of the variant as of Tuesday, but officials want residents to be prepared.

“We know a lot about COVID, we were expecting this,” said Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer. “We continue to learn from around the world.”

Zink said Alaskans should get vaccinated for COVID-19 even though data on Omicron’s ability to possibly evade vaccine immunity is still being examined.


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