There appears to be little to no appetite among Alaskans to continue the seemingly endless practice of vaxing or boosting with experimental Covid shots.
A comparison of statewide data from the end of August to the end of September reveals that almost no Alaskan is willing to submit to further jabs.
According to the Alaska Dept. of Health & Social Services, by late August 68% of Alaskans, age six months and older, had received at least their first Covid shot. A month later, that figure stands at 68.1%. Similarly 28.3% of Alaskans, six months and older, had received a booster by the end of August. That number is unchanged at 28.3%, according to a report sent out on Sept. 28.
Despite continued pressure from the state and federal government, mounting resistance to Covid shots is seen across nearly every major Alaska community, from more liberal locations like Juneau to conservative strongholds in the Mat-Su.
Percentages of Alaskans who have received a first booster dose.
— Juneau City and Borough: 44% in Aug. vs. 44% in Sept.
— Other Southeast Region – Northern: 41.9% in Aug. vs. 41.9% in Sept.
— Y-K Delta Region: 33.2% in Aug. vs. 33.2% in Sept.
— Other Southeast Region – Southern: 31.5% in Aug. vs. 31.7% in Sept.
— Anchorage Municipality: 31.6% in Aug. vs. 31.7% in Sept.
— Southwest Region: 30.1% in Aug. vs. 31.2% in Sept.
— Northwest Region: 29.4% in Aug. vs. 29.6% in Sept.
— Other Interior Region: 27.8% in Aug. vs. 27.8% in Sept.
— Kenai Peninsula Borough: 23.4% in Aug. vs. 23.5% in Sept.
— Fairbanks North Star Borough: 23.3% in Aug. vs. 23.4% in Sept.
— Matanuska-Susitna Borough: 16.7% in Aug. vs. 16.8% in Sept.
Will precious few Alaskans are willing to undergo further jabs, overall Covid illnesses and hospitalizations have dramatically dropped off.
In late August, the state reported there were 80 patients diagnosed with Covid who were hospitalized. That number is now down to 34 patients. Likewise, in late August the percentage of patients hospitalized with Covid was 6.1%. A month later that was down to just 2.7%.
With regard to community case rates (number of cases per 100,000 people over seven days), the number has dropped from 165.73 in August to 74.91 in September.