Nurse Katrina Ottesen preparing a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at the Wrangell Medical Center (Courtesy Aaron Angerman)

More than a third (around 36%) of Wrangell’s population has signed up for the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s according to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium which runs the community’s hospital. 

SEARHC has administered 544 doses of COVID vaccine in Wrangell. That  includes some second doses. The tribal health organization did not provide information about how many people have been vaccinated to date. 

SEARHC spokesperson Maegan Bosak said in an email that as of Wednesday afternoon, 917 people in Wrangell had signed up for the vaccine. Some have already received their initial dose. 

The Centers for Disease Control says experts aren’t sure what percentage of a population needs to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.

It has been almost a month since a float plane from Sitka delivered the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Wrangell.

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