Petersburg is the second most vaccinated borough in the state (as of April 26). That’s according to data kept and shared on the State’s COVID website.
Petersburg has 72.48 percent of people vaccinated, which is second only to Skagway’s 77.95 percent. Right now, the percentage only includes people 16 and over because the vaccines have not been authorized for emergency use in younger children.
Experts are not yet sure what percentage is needed for herd immunity for COVID. Some say 75-80 percent. Every disease is different. Measles needs 95 percent for herd immunity, according to the World Health Organization.
So, health providers continue to encourage as many people as possible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
To find out more about Petersburg’s high vaccination status, KFSK’s Angela Denning spoke with Nurse Manager Jennifer Bryner with the Petersburg Medical Center: