Gov. Mike Dunleavy took to Zoom on March 9 to urge Alaskans to get vaccinated on the eve of opening them up to anyone over the age 16.

In an effort to get more Alaskans to sign up for vaccines, the governor spoke of his own recent bout with COVID, saying he had a headache, fever and chills as he quarantined in his Wasilla home. Dunleavy said the biggest challenge was the inconvenience of having to stay home and rely on others to get food and care for him.

Dunleavy’s short video message was part of a 30-minute production to drum up enthusiasm for vaccinations as the number of Alaskans getting the Pfizer or Moderna shots has dropped off over the past week. As of March 9, 171,749 Alaskans have received at least one dose of vaccine. That represents just over 23% of the overall state population.

While urging more Alaskans to get the shot, Dunleavy acknowledged that many will not.

“There’s a group of Alaskans that won’t get the vaccine and don’t want that,” he said. I respect that. I respect my fellow Alaskans for a whole host of reasons why they don’t want to get the vaccine or can’t get the vaccine.”

A new national Harvard CAPS-Harris poll conducted late last month found that 41% of registered U.S. voters don’t want the vaccine. Among those who said they were unwilling to get vaccinated, 66% were concerned about side effects, 33% didn’t think the vaccine was effective and 27% said they weren’t overly concerned about the virus.

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Dunleavy implores Alaskans to vaccinate, says he’s getting shots soon

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    We totally but respectfully disagree with the governor on this one. The media is also driving this move for everyone to vaccinate. The vaccine has been out less than one year and no more long term studies have yet been done. This is not a requirement and should NOT be mandatory at any time. Any time we lose our First Amendment Individual Rights it is unlawful. Yet, we hear that airlines are trying to require the vaccine and so are businesses if you plan to work there. These moves to urge vaccination are premature and not acceptable in light of the experimentation still being done and no long term results to be warned of. We are not choosing to be the guinea pigs.

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    Take the Vaccine of the Beast and die within the year.

  • Lani says:

    Follow the money … these vaccines are part of the “Plandemic. “. Google it

  • Michael S Totten says:

    Dunlevey can have my dose

  • Dee Cee says:

    There’s no added benefit to getting the vaccine if you’ve already had the coof natural infection. See Sharyll Attkisson’s podcast “Just the News” #81.

    And for those of you who say “you’re only immune for 3 months” thats hogwash! They’ve only shown scientifically that you are immune for 3 months. It will take 17 years to show that you will be immune for 17 years. And for that we can make reasonable assumptions based on the behavior of other similar viruses. As in the case of SARS-COV-1, the original SARS virus, Singapore researchers have established T-cell (adaptive) immunity is present in the population a full 17 years after the SARS outbreak. You can ask your doctor to talk to you about the difference between an antibody and a T-cell. They’ll be able to confirm what I’m saying.

  • NorthernMegaWood says:

    Don’t even put my name on one of those, Dunleavy can have mine too!

  • Kfinh says:

    Why take a vaccine that doesn’t change anything? After vaccination you’ll still have to wear a mask and social distance, what’s the point of a vaccine then? Before I get the, well it’ll help build your immunity up so when you do get the virus it’s easier to fight off. First off, if you do catch covid there’s a %99+ chance most people’s natural immune system will fight off the virus. If folks want and believe it’ll help them then by all means get the vaccine. We still have some freedom to enjoy in America right.

  • Common sense? says:

    It doesn’t make sense. Governor Dunleavy has already had Covid-19. He experienced it as a mild inconvenience. Why on earth would he even think about getting an experimental “vaccine” against it. It’s makes as much sense as having Chicken Pox and then asking if you can have the shot too. Why? What’s the point? There is something very, very odd here. And that’s not even tackling the topics mentioned by others about personal liberty.

  • Robert Bird says:

    To borrow from Churchill’s comments on the Anzio beach-head: “I thought we had unleashed a tiger, but instead what we have found is a beached whale.”

  • Herman Nelson says:

    Naa… I’m using the democrat stance- “my body my choice”. No, I’m not getting the jab. The “gov” has been walking a tight rope during this whole SCAMdemic. Did he get sick? Yep. With the flu. Would it have killed him? 99% sure it would not have. I had a Filipino teacher years ago ask this question any time the excuse of everybody is doing it- “if joey was to jump into a volcano, would you?”. Gov- if you’re reading this: you’re no better than bill walker.

    • Fred Lee says:

      “99% sure it would not have”.

      Put another way, 1% chance it would have. And given his age and obesity, it’s more like 2%. Not sure I’d want to take a 1-in-50 chance of dying, but you do you.

      • Herman Nelson says:

        It’s not about your safety, it’s about your submission. I bet you support loading people who refuse into box cars and sending them off to camps. How German of you.

  • DoneWithIt says:

    If you take the vaccine and die the life insurance companies will not recognize the claim – think about that.
    Why? Because they consider it an experimental medical procedure.
    If you have cancer in America go through chemo and die they will pay – if you go to mexico for some experimental cancer treatment and die – they will not pay out.
    Wake up sheeple!

  • BurtG says:

    If he takes the mRNA injection then the Recall Dunleavy people can fold up their operation as Dunleavy will be dead from the injection before they get to a Recall election.

  • Jean K says:

    Sounds like he had a fairly mild case and lo and behold, he survived! Now he has immunity and should not need the experimental “vaccine”. I’m not putting anything into my body that will mess with my immune function. There’s so much we don’t know about the workings of our immune system and then to add another unknown into the mix? I don’t think so. I found it interesting that a few days ago, there were 4,000 appointments available that were not being utilized and then yesterday, they’ve opened appointments to those 16 and over. Got to use those doses before they expire I suppose.

  • Fred Lee says:

    Looks like the valley crowd has shown up in the comments section!

  • Efrog Industries says:

    Dunlevy can have my shot too. I’m mean why don’t we all just put 1 bullet in a six shooter, spin the cylinder, pull the hammer back and then pull the trigger. Let’s all play Russian roulette.

  • Kenneth Wells says:

    It’s strange to me how many people worship the federal government and all that its minions say. They would rather heed the contradictory ramblings of “Doctor” Fauci, a bureaucrat who was involved in gain-of-function research on bird flu and then, in 2019, paid the Wuhan institute of virology to do gain-of-function research on bat corona-virus’s, than listen to actual, practicing physicians.
    I’ve worked in a correctional center full of covid people, none unusually ill, and I’ve done duty at Alaska Regional where the individuals on the covid wing were clearly severely ill but also elderly and/or obese. During this time, I’ve been on a protocol developed by practicing physicians and have not contracted covid. Yes, anecdotal evidence but when enough anecdotal evidence piles up, it’s worth taking a look at. I’ll put a link at the bottom, judge their work for yourself.

  • Steve Peterson says:

    No, guv, and hell no!
    Oh, and get another sweater please.
    Now… maybe stand up for gun rights and stand against the tyrannical mayor-wanna-be and you might finish off your ONE term with some dignity.

  • Missi says:

    I saw this & even just the last 3 mins the explanation she gives is clear its each persons choice but for me its NO!! Shared

  • NorthernMegaWood says:

    You might want to watch this before you take the vaccine.