Alaska health officials urge vaccinations as omicron spreads

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health officials are urging people to get vaccines and boosters as the omicron variant continues to spread across the nation.

    Alaska has no confirmed cases of the variant, but officials want residents to be prepared.

    Alaska’s chief medical officer Dr. Anne Zink says Alaskans should get vaccinated for COVID-19 even though data on omicron’s ability to possibly evade vaccine immunity is still being examined.

    The Juneau Empire reports COVID-19 cases in Alaska dropped by 27% from the previous week.

    Zink says the state’s hospitals are still full with COVID-19 patients and others with unrelated health issues, but that the rate of coronavirus hospitalizations is dropping.

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