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COVID-19 Vaccine Information for all Alaskans 

Updated January 19, 2021

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Who can get the vaccine now, and when will I be able to?

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use in the United States. Supply is very limited at this time. The first shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Alaska in mid-December. Supply is very limited at this time. Most of the people who may currently receive the vaccine are hospital-based healthcare workers.

Vaccine will be available to more groups of people over time, and it will be available to all who want it over time. Learn more about who it is available to, and when you’ll be able to get it.


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Who can get the vaccine now? for information about who the vaccine is currently available to.

How many Alaskans are vaccinated?

View the Alaska dashboard summary below, or see the full vaccine dashboard.

 

 Dashboard Summary

 

What process decides who gets the vaccine first?

Learn more about how decisions are made, and how to provide input, at the Alaska Vaccine Allocation Advisory Committee information page.

Is a COVID-19 vaccine safe?

COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority. No steps are skipped during the clinical trial process for COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine safety checks are in progress and will continue as long as a vaccine is available. Vaccine safety is complicated and important, and questions are expected and healthy.

Learn more about the V-safe after-vaccination health checker and how to report side effects in the Vaccine Safety Application V-Safe Information Sheet (PDF).

Will the vaccine be effective?

A safe and effective COVID vaccine is an important tool for ending the global pandemic. Vaccines can protect individuals in different ways. Vaccines also protect the people around you - including Alaska’s healthcare workers and their patients.      

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes vaccines after they pass several clinical trials. Scientists are using clinical trials to test the COVID vaccine’s effectiveness. These clinical trials require thousands of people and months of data. The vaccine development is faster than normal because some steps are being done at the same time instead of one after another. Learn more about FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization authority and watch avideo on what an EUA is.

The FDA authorized the Pfizer vaccine to be made available on December 11, 2020. The FDA authorized the Moderna vaccine on December 18, 2020.

In Phase 3 clinical trials, data showed:

  • Moderna vaccine: 94.1% effective at preventing COVID-19
  • Pfizer vaccine: 95% effective at preventing COVID-19

Will there be a COVID-19 vaccine mandate?

There are no plans for a statewide Alaska COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The role of the Alaska COVID Vaccine Task Force is to provide Alaskans with the information they need to make safe and healthy decisions about vaccination. State and Tribal leaders prioritize your trust and safety.

How much will the vaccine cost?

The Alaska COVID Vaccine Task Force is working to ensure COVID vaccines are available at no charge to the individual. The CDC has stated that cost will not be an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
Depending on where you receive the vaccine, the provider may charge an administration fee.

Where will the vaccine be available?

When the vaccine is more widely available, a link will be provided on this site to help Alaskans locate nearby vaccine providers. For now, vaccine providers receiving vaccine shipments coordinate outreach to people in groups it is available to.

Who is responsible for planning for the COVID-19 vaccine?

The State of Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium are working together to plan and distribute COVID-19 vaccines. The Alaska COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force includes eight sub-teams: planning, operations, software solutions, payers, pharmacy, communications and education, data and liaisons. On October 16, 2020, an Alaska Draft COVID-19 Vaccination Plan was submitted to the CDC for review. This was a requirement for all states. The goal is to have a safe and effective vaccine available to all Alaskans who want it.

If I get vaccinated do I have to comply with health orders for travel?

Yes, you need to still comply with the requirements of Health Order 8, Intrastate Travel or Health Order 6, International and Interstate Travel. It is unknown whether vaccinated individuals might still be able to pass the virus on to others.

While the vaccines authorized by the FDA for COVID-19 are safe and highly effective, they have been tested only to find out whether they protect the person getting the vaccine from getting sick with COVID-19. We do not know yet how well they prevent the person from getting infected with the virus and passing it on, only how well they prevent the person from getting sick. We know that getting vaccine helps to protect you, but we do not know yet how much it helps to protect other people.

So, if you are traveling and you have gotten the vaccine, you are much less likely to get very sick with COVID-19. However, because you may still be able to catch the virus and give it to others, the requirements for quarantine and testing do not change. The vaccines do not affect your test results.

Will I have a choice in which vaccine I can get?

While vaccine is limited, you may not have options between vaccines. 

If I am not able to secure an appointment, what opportunities will we have in the future?

Appointments will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis. We’re working to enroll more providers to vaccinate Alaskans, which will result in more appointment availability. New appointments will be added regularly.

If I’m on a waitlist with a provider, should I work to seek an appointment, or should I seek an available spot elsewhere?

It’s okay to look for another spot, but providers are continuing to follow up and let people know when vaccine is available. If you do book an appointment elsewhere, you can let the provider you’re waitlisted with know.

I’m not currently in Alaska. What should I do to get vaccinated?

You’ll want to follow the guidelines for where you are located. States and local jurisdictions will have different guidance than what you’ll see in Alaska. You’ll follow the guidance of the community you are in. You’ll want to plan to get both doses of vaccine with the same healthcare provider.

What do I need to do to schedule my second dose of vaccine?

The healthcare provider who gives you a your first dose will give you instructions for scheduling your second dose.

My spouse/partner does not meet the current criteria, should they get vaccinated when I do?

The vaccine is only available to those specified at http://covidvax.alaska.gov. Eventually the vaccine will be available to everyone. We appreciate your understanding.

Will I receive documentation that I was vaccinated?

While there is no mandate to get vaccinated, you may wonder if you’ll have any documentation to note what vaccine you received, and when. You will receive a vaccine record card from your healthcare provider. 

Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve recently received the flu vaccine, or any other vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend getting the COVID-19 vaccine within 2 weeks of any other vaccine because insufficient data currently exists on the safety and efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines. However, CDC has also recommended not to deny the COVID vaccine to someone who recently had another vaccine and is at high risk for COVID-19 at this time.

Resources to support you

Additional information will be provided as it is available.

Alaska COVID-19 vaccine information pages

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Contact information

We can help answer questions about COVID-19 vaccine planning, distribution or availability status. Please speak with your healthcare provider about any questions you have regarding your health. Our call center does not answer individual health-related questions. For emergencies, see your healthcare provider or go to an emergency room.

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