Despite government messaging to the contrary, it makes little difference whether a particular Alaska community is highly vaccinated when it comes to preventing community transmission of COVID.

A June 11 report from the Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services highlights the most and least vaccinated areas of the state, and then provides a look at how each location is doing in terms of community spread of the virus. The state report claims that the “higher the vaccination rate, the more protected community members are from COVID-19.” This, however, is not reflected in the state’s own data.

In fact, the areas with the three lowest vaccination rates, Mat-Su, Fairbanks and Kenai, all have low transmission rates. Juneau, on the other hand, has one of the very highest vaccination rates, but its transmission rate is considered “intermediate” – more than double that of Fairbanks and Kenai.

Other locations, like the Southern Southeast region and the Interior region, have above average vaccination rates, but also the very highest transmission rates.

Below is a break down of vaccination rates and transmission rates for 11 regions around the state.

  • Juneau Region: 69% vaccinated (Transmission alert level: Intermediate – 7.2 cases per 100,000)
  • Other Southeast Region – Northern: 64% vaccinated (Transmission alert level: Low – 2.5 cases per 100,000)
  • YK-Delta Region: 62% vaccinated (Transmission alert level: Low – 5 cases per 100,000)
  • Southwest Region: 58% vaccinated (Transmission alert level: Low – 2.8 cases per 100,000)
  • Other Southeast Region – Southern: 55% vaccinated (Transmission alert level: High – 14.50 cases per 100,000)
  • Northwest Region: 52% vaccinated (Transmission alert level: Intermediate – 5.5 cases per 100,000)
  • Anchorage Region: 50% vaccinated (Transmission alert level: Low – 2.5 cases per 100,000)
  • Other Interior Region: 49% vaccinated (Transmission alert level: High – 12.3 cases per 100,000)
  • Kenai Peninsula Region: 41% vaccinated (Transmission Alert level: Low – 3.3 cases per 100,000)
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough: 41% vaccinated (Transmission alert level: Low – 2.5 cases per 100,000)
  • Matanuska-Susitna Region: 32% vaccinated: (Transmission alert level: Low – 4.1 cases per 100,000)

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State of Alaska report shows no correlation between high vaccine rates and low virus transmission

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.


  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    Ok this is a conspiracy answer. Like from the first it germ warfare brought to us from our own government. The world population is out of control. We all know that. That is why the government is fighting so hard not to get rid of abortion. Now, as this man made corona virus goes it does probably kill us off. The vaccine is not be tested or approved by the FDA. They don’t want to be on the hook for millions of people that took the vaccine dieing off. The FEMA people have ordered and are now receiving thousands of plastic coffins and stock piling them. Look people it does take a rocket scientist to figure it all out. Use your God given brains and think about it.

    We didn’t have the flu. Covid symptoms are exactly the same as the flu. Let’s look back, every year we have a different strain of tge flu right? The swine, chicken, H1N1 or whatever. The government always has the vaccine for that strain and your kids get it before school starts and you all trickle in to get it like sheep to the slater. Well people slowed on getting vaccinated for the flu so the government stepped up the germ.

    Now in this man’s opinion, I wore a mask religiously. Mine was double thick and a filter. I stayed 6 feet away and washed my hands. I did everything I was supposed to but I still got covid after we were almost through with it (in March 2021). Now I think the reason this area or that area got hit with it is because (heres the conspiracy) our own government seeded areas with possibly different strains of covid. I survived and I’m still wearing my mask. I know it’s worthless. I knew it from the first. I read reports on worthlessness of mask starting back in 2005. I did figure it might actually give me one more line of defense. I was wrong.

    Now you all that got the vaccine under the precepts it was going to do something for you, well. Why do you thing you needed two shots of the same vaccine to get up to full strength? Why do you think you need a booster shot MAYBE in October? Your a government gunny pig people. That’s it gunny pig. Why do you think so many people refuse the gunny pig vaccine?

    Now if I was in power, controlled the Press and would put out news brief constantly that the only way you can survive this covid virus is to take the vaccine you’d all want to survive and run right down and get the shot. Am I correct? Yes you know I am. Let me ask this, how many times did Dr. Fauci change his mind and flip flop like a fish out of water?

    The facts and evidence is all right there in front of everyone of you all. You just refuse to read and understand it.

    Thank you for reading my opinion, good luck in your decisions. Remember life is all about YOUR choices. Good, bad or indifferent there yours and only yours but you will have to live/die by them.

  • Bob Conex says:

    I thought the stockpiled coffins were cardboard, but plastic will work.

  • Fear Not says:

    Can we hold on for a minute and recognize that 5.5 cases per 100,000 is considered Intermediate. Five. Per 100,000.

    • Theresa says:

      I was thinking the same thing. What a crock of steaming horse apples.

      9 out of 11 regions are reporting single digits per 100,000.

      It’s time to start tracking daily toe stubs, folks. Things are looking pretty trippy out there!

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    The people who took the mRNA injections are dead men walking. I hope they find Jesus in their last remaining days and have their last will and testament complete because by Christmas most will be dead.

  • Js says:

    I find it curious, and wonder why others don’t, how concerned they are about the ‘unvaccinated’ if they are so sure the vaccines work. Their irrational diatribe toward compelling everyone to be vaccinated for the ‘safety of everyone else’ is either a lie, horrible uneducated, or rooted in, yet, unseen (insidious) motivations. Search +”quantum dots” +luciferase +vaccination +record. ‘Mark of the Beast’ references will be many hits on faith based sites. BUT, you will also find publications from Harvard, MIT and Scientific American. Biometric identification is a coming syllabus – a cashless system will be a means to coerce many to comply (or starve) which is why I find 2FA/MFA authentication measures being implemented everywhere despite their absurd absence of increased security – it is meant to seize control of user authentication gates by force (“mandates” – does that word sound familiar the last year+? Behavior habituation – CCP playbook, who is already moving toward electron money in the news). MFA is coming, and is already happening in BANKING. Credit Union 1 is one. Sure, your FUNDS are secure. But those of you who just happily submit to this insidious scheme, it’s your ACCESS to those funds that is being seized. Do you think an ‘economic lockdown’ is just conspiratorial nonsense? Did you think such draconian lockdowns (a prison control term) in peoples homes would occur 3 years ago? You wont denied access to your account, you just wont be provided THEIR password to YOUR account via MFA. The potential breakdown by technical failures are obvious, and conveniently outside the purview of the mandating entity. Couple denied online access with denied PHYSICAL access to your funds by going to a bank due to another planned viral outbreak = ECONOMIC LOCKDOWN. Quantum dot (Bill Gates funded technology) biometric vaccination record is the costumed impetus for the eventual reason of identification and control. China is behind the method, but it takes domestic partisans to perpetuate it here. People need to stop presuming that when someone says ‘it’s for safety’ that is a buzzword for ‘suspect everything coming out of my mouth’.

    • Theresa says:

      The prevailing notion about vaccinations in general is that, if enough people do not vaccinate, the viruses they’re meant to protect against will begin circulation among the population again.

      But I’ve always thought, so what? Those who are vaccinated should have nothing to fear. And those who choose not to vaccinate consider such illnesses an acceptable risk, which they have every right to choose.

      We’ve been through dry runs meant to instill fear and loathing for “anti-vaxxers” in recent years. Most recently was the measles outbreak in NY a few years ago. Parks were closed, curfews were enforced, and Jewish neighborhoods were singled out as the hot spots to be avoided and punished. -This response was highly alarming to me at the time, and I kept wondering why everyone was so worried about measles again, when most people are vaccinated and it is not generally a deadly illness. In retrospect, I think the water were tested and found to be stagnant -nobody’s going to resist this blatant overreaction and trampling of personal liberties and freedom.

  • JinAk says:

    The real numbers of interest are those who actually had Covid and recovered. But these are not talked about. Here’s where the largest contribution is to “herd” immunity and subsequently I suspect, the now lower transmission rates.

  • Auke Bay says:

    Is there a link to the State study? Much appreciated.

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