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Alaska becomes first state in U.S. to make COVID vaccine available to all residents over 16

Alaska will allow anyone over the age of 16 to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Michael Dunleavy (R) announced Tuesday night, adding the measure is "effective immediately."

Why it matters: Alaska is the first state to allow people under 18 to get vaccinated and expand vaccine eligibility to all ages that are approved to receive coronavirus doses.

Editor's note: This a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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