COVID-19 cases have been slowly ticking up in the U.S., with the omicron BA.2 subvariant now the dominant strain in the country.
The mask travel requirement had been set to expire this coming Monday.
So far, an omicron version of the COVID-19 vaccine hasn’t produced very promising results in early testing.
Statewide, 59.6% of Alaskans are fully vaccinated. Local rates range from 79.6% in the Juneau region to 42% in the Matanuska-Susitna region.
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize the additional booster shots without holding a meeting of its independent vaccine advisors.
Case counts and hospitalizations have been on a downward trend, currently sitting at about a tenth of the peak case count in January.