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Alaska travelers will be able to get a free vaccine

Indian houses on the territory of the historical object Totem-Byte in Ketchikan
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Tourists arriving in Alaska this summer will be able to get a free Covid-19 vaccination. It's part of an initiative by the United States to revive the travel industry affected by the pandemic.

Vaccinations will be available June 1 at one of four airports in Juneau, Fairbanks, Ketchikan, and Anchorage. They will use Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Anyone 16 years of age and older will be able to get them. A second dose is needed in a few weeks for a full vaccination and will also be given free to those travelers who stay in Alaska for that time.

"We want to make sure that our fantastic tourism industry has the opportunity to go back to where it was. The idea is that we have access to vaccines, so why not use them," said the State Governor, Mike Dunleavy.

So far, 49.3 % of the Alaska population has received the first dose of the vaccine, and 42.5% have received the second dose. The best rates are in Skagway, Petersburg Borough, and Nome Census Area.