The announcement follows the federal Food and Drug Administration’s decision on Monday to authorize the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children 12 and up.
On a statewide call last month, Department of Health and Social Services officials said they believe the authorization will come by the end of this month at the latest.
Almost all residents age 16 and older In Mekoryuk, a village on Nunivak Island, have gotten their shots.
Alaska is opening COVID-19 vaccines to all Alaskans age 55 and older, those deemed essential workers and other groups, the state announced Wednesday.
Anchorage’s main tribal health care provider is opening up COVID-19 vaccines to all Alaskans age 40 and older, plus K-12 teachers and childcare workers.
Other states like Massachusetts have used a similar vaccine buddy system, with the goal of making it easier for older people to get to their shots.