While inundating Alaskans with pro-vaccine messaging via radio, television, social media and targeted flyers, Gov. Mike Dunleavy has never once rolled up his own sleeves to receive the experimental COVID shot.

From the beginning, the governor has walked a fine line, urging Alaskans to get vaccinated while reiterating that he will never mandate they do so. When the Pfizer and Moderna shots were first approved for emergency use, Alaska was initially among one of the most vaccinated states in the union. Over the past few months, however, enthusiasm for the shot has dramatically waned and only a trickle of newly vaccinated Alaskans are reported each day.

Gov. Dunleavy asks Alaskans, ages 16 and older, to “join” him in getting vaccinated. As of May 17, he has not received the COVID shot.

In March, on the recommendation from the CDC, Dunleavy was the first governor in the nation to make COVID shots available to anyone, ages 16 and up.

This month he lowered that to ages 12 and older. Under the banner of “Sleeves up for Summer,” Dunleavy has ramped up state-sponsored vaccine campaigns. In a series of state produced videos, many of Dunleavy’s top officials are shown publicly celebrating their status as vaccinated. Health Commissioner Adam Crum even had the camera rolling when he received the COVID jab.

Dunleavy has shot his fair share of videos as well, repeatedly telling Alaskans that he is planning to get the vaccine. On April 5 the governor appears in a YouTube video in which he says: “I’m getting the vaccine, not because I’m afraid, but because I want to help Alaska get back to normal. If you’re 16 or older, join me. Receive the vaccine and help Alaska get back up and running.”

Two weeks later, on April 21, the governor reiterated this message with another video.

“I’m getting the vaccine because I want to help Alaska businesses get back to work and I want to do the thing that we all love. If you’re willing, we hope you’ll join us. Sleeves up for summer. Let’s get Alaska up and running.”

But on May 17, Dunleavy’s Deputy Director of Communications, Jeff Turner, responded to a Watchman email about the governors vaccination status. He said, “The Governor has not been vaccinated yet.” When asked why the governor is holding out, no explanation was given.

One possible reason is that Dunleavy tested positive for the virus on Feb. 24. Still, the CDC asserts, “you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19.”

The CDC notes, however, that if a person is treated for COVID with “monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.” It is not clear whether Dunleavy received such treatment, but it has now been 82 days since he reported being infected with the virus back in February. Meanwhile the state reports that 267,354 Alaskans – ages 16 and older – are now deemed “fully vaccinated” as of May 17.

According to the CDC-run VAERS reporting site at least 4,057 Americans (including 22 Alaskans) have died shortly after receiving the vaccine. Another 192,954 Americans (including 869 Alaskans) have reported adverse reactions such as anaphylaxis, fainting, high fevers, strokes, shortness of breath, rashes, swollen tongue, discoloration of the skin and a litany of other side effects. According to the CDC, its VAERS website only captures a small percentage of overall adverse reactions to vaccines.

“Underreporting is one of the main limitations of passive surveillance systems, including VAERS,” the CDC website admits. “The term, underreporting refers to the fact that VAERS receives reports for only a small fraction of actual adverse events.”

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Gov. Dunleavy pushes COVID shots for Alaska kids, but he remains un-vaxxed

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.


  • Ruth Ewig says:

    The governor should not be getting into the business of vaccines and using Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to propagandize us concerning the vaccines. Respectfully, Governor Dunleavy is out of line and his decision is not in the best interest of Individual rights guaranteed as part of our Civil Liberties. Once again government is using Alaska money to pressure us into decisions with something that has not been proven to be safe or tested by time.. Pressure is come down from the CDC which is being run by self-appointed Fauci who has no regard for his complicity in illegally funding (NIH $600,000) and helping to create the Infection in China for the purpose of bacterial warfare. (Source: Senator Rand Paul) He is not someone to follow or align with by our governor and the state physician or anyone else who is trying to enforce rules that we must or should follow. The Goverrnor is acting on poor advice.

    • John J. Otness says:

      The governor is complicit in this Fauci evil,,,,,

      • jeff Hupp says:

        Sealed Indictments are climbing, Now at 268 for Alaska. Some people don’t know when to throw the shovel away!

    • NorthernMegaWood says:

      Have you read about project paper clip?

      • Jordan says:

        The sheep arn’t ready.. but they are waking up =]
        -Long live the Republic and God Bless!!

  • G Aleution says:

    The Governor is too wonderful to be vaccinated. We can’t take a chance. Voting for he’s already immune.

  • Michael S Totten says:

    Get rid of him alaska he has betrayed you

  • Vonda Sanders says:

    This is very disturbing news! I actually liked him, but now this has pretty much changed my mind.

  • Jen says:

    He lied during a Suzanne Downing MRAK video, he said he’ll be getting the covid vaccine. He must had changed his mind between the video take and present. I wonder if up here in Alaska if there are any Alaskan families watching family members go through the same side effects right after they got the first shot? Like what is happening to other peoples families outside of Alaska.

    • Michael S Totten says:

      The first shot is the catalyst the second shot is the blasting cap that WILL kill you. Ask the Gulf war guys how the anthrax shots worked. The covid gene therapy is designed the exact same way. It will kill at least 40 thousand people nationwide and the pharma companies will act like they had nothing to do with it. Total immunity from lawsuits because it was VOLUNTARY. the soldiers got a settlement from anthrax because the military FORCED the jab.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    You get COVID Survive, then get the shot, then Die. How Stupid is that.
    Stay away from this untested emergency use only vaccine.
    I can live my own life governor thank you. Yes you are getting a little to close, to being one with the crazy people, Yes that’s you governor. I’m taking about the far left woke people out there. Who wants to control ever foot step of are lives, Not Happening.
    No red meat, wear your mask, stay home, you can’t say that, it’s hurtful, the Earth is getting warmer SO. It goes on and on and On!

    • John J. Otness says:

      Always remember this slumping small governor is a direct product of the communist NEA.

  • Alaska Voter says:

    An experimental shot given to kids who are still developing is the worst thing you can do. The Pfizer and Moderna utilize mRNA to attached to the bodies cells and when you manipulate DNA that can spell problems in the future. This is way to early to allow children who are still developing to take such a shot.

  • Not a Gambler says:

    The side effects reported are only the short term ones. How long did it take for the side effects of FDA approved Round Up to become obvious ? Roll your own dice Gov Dunleavy !

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  • Theresa says:

    Not to mention Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson have both been found guilty of criminal conduct within the last two decades:

    Surely, these criminal organizations are worthy to be trusted. . .

  • Jordan says:

    It is an individuals choice!
    He is entitled to make choices for his own body..
    -God Bless Alaska and the Republic!!!!!!

  • Carol Allums says:

    Has anyone considered that just as you feel it is within your right to decide that it is the Governor’s right to decide? It is possible that there is a medical reason for him not to take it. I had the first shot and had so many adverse effects due to a pre-existing illness that there was no way I would get the second one and my doctor agreed. The main point is this: if we don’t know a person’s personal business we should probably stay out of it.

  • JinAk says:

    I hope he does NOT take the shot, regardless of him saying he is or will be doing so. Aside from all the aforementioned reasons, Dunleavy is a Catholic and the abortion tainted connection to the current experimental round of so called vaccines should have him thinking twice about doing so. And perhaps he has now heard enough about deaths/reactions to the jabs to give him pause. Also, there does seem to be a connection when one is Covid recovered and then receives the jab, sometimes with deadly consequences.
    And from what I’ve read, the immunity achieved through natural infection may surpass and be more durable than the experimental medical interventions now being pushed upon us.

  • Dee says:

    Getting the vaccine is a personal choice and people should be threatened, bullied, intimidated or prohibited/obstructed from participating in activities, events or employment for not getting the shot. If people knew the science they’d realize that there are ppl that can’t get the vaccine. People that have had covid and recovered have developed antibodies. Just have a tired drawn!

    • Dee says:

      *Shouldn’t be is what I meant to say!

    • MICHAEL HUGHES says:

      And,since it is against federal law for anyone to even ask you if you have been vaccinated (probably excepting doctors – which I decline to answer). Just tell that to the next person who asks you. That will shut them up.

  • Dee says:

    Titer ! For freak sake with the auto correct!

  • JinAk says:

    I have been trying to uncover why we are not using Covid recovered people as part of our immune response story and relying only upon percent of population “vaccinated” to achieve the herd immunity so much sought after.
    Yes, an antibody titer can be drawn. I had one myself and the IgG came back positive. There’s apparently a number of factors about immunity that testing(at least what we have now) may not show and my positive antibody titer may not remain + in a few months time. I cannot speak further about an area I have no in-depth knowledge of, but a strong interest in.
    All indicators point to a more durable(longer lasting) immunity from having the natural infection. Its the way our own bodies handle certain infections and as I’ve mentioned before, there’s a lot still unknown about our immune system.

  • Dave maxwell says:

    No one by now should be surprised
    Dunleavy is a fraud
    Lots of promises , how many kept?
    I am also not surprised at his purposeful hiding!
    Alaskans are wise to him and can’t stand him

  • Colorado Conservative says:

    There is NO reason for any child or young person to receive this experimental gene therapy shot that is NOT a vaccine. Wuhan China Virus has a +99% recovery in that age group and most often the illness is mild if they do get it. Dunleavy, like many Republicans, is spineless (probably searching for his lost testicles as well).

    • John J. Otness says:

      The reason that they are injecting the slow death cull shots is that there are in this generation as there have been throughout time genocidal maniacs that lust to play GOD and believe that they must cull humanity by any means possible. Fauci Zink and their evil ilk are propped up and supported by the total freak Bill Gates of Hell and his plans of eliminating 6.5 billion souls from the earth. Dunleavy is just one of the stooges taking orders from the evil.

  • Shirleen says:

    Dear Joel,
    I thought Gov. Dunleavy has had the Covid virus himself.
    If so, he doesn’t need the vaccine.
    Could he have said he would get the vaccine before he contracted the disease?
    Sincerely, Shirleen


    I was in the emergency room last night (not due to covid) and the doctor there told me NOT to get the vaccine due to all of my underlying health problems (I’m 66 with AIDS, severe heart damage, asthma and stage 4 cancer – okay, and overweight…). Just thought I would let you know what, at least some, of the medical community think about this.

  • Craig says:

    I would like the Watchman and others to stop referring to the shot as a”vaccine”. It is not a vaccine. Many of us have had a vaccine in the past and the way it worked was that you were given a small amount of the virus, your body responded by creating a defense and your were, for the most part, immune from that point on.

    This new needle stick is totally different. You’re not immune once you have whatever’s in that syringe in your body. In fact, on Feb 6 the definition of “vaccination” was changed to reflect how this new method works. Totally changed! Do your research!! Feb 5 one meaning, Feb 6 another! Can we at least call it a jab because it is not a vaccination.

  • Craig says:

    And by changed, I mean if you search the word vaccine online at the dictionary sites you’ll see the change

  • Greg in Homer says:

    It is asinine for the State of Alaska to vaccinate kids for Covid-19. There have been virtually no fatalities from the China virus for those under 18 years of age. If a child has comorbidity, that might be the only reason to administer the vaccine under that special circumstance, but for the general population of Alaska’s youth, no vaccine should be permitted. I know my children will not be guinea pigs for an experimental vaccine.