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COVID-19 Vaccine Information for all Alaskans 

Updated October 19, 2021

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Who can get the vaccine now?

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to anyone in Alaska who is age 5 or older. Pfizer vaccine is authorized for ages 12 and up and the pediatric Pfizer vaccine is authorized for ages 5-11. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines are authorized for ages 18 and up.

Who should get a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine?

Booster doses are available for Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. If you are 18 or older and received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago, you are eligible to receive a booster.

For the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type they originally received while others may prefer to get a different booster.

Should I get vaccinated if I already had COVID-19?

Yes. Not enough is known about how long natural immunity from COVID-19 illness might last and protect you from becoming re-infected and spreading the illness to others. Even if you have already been infected, vaccination is an important step to protect yourself and those around you.

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

It is safe to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other vaccines.

If I have an underlying medical condition, can I get vaccinated?

Yes, people with underlying medical conditions can receive a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Vaccination is an important consideration for people with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

If I am moderately or severely immunocompromised, should I receive an additional dose of COVID vaccine?

CDC recommends that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised receive an additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) at least 28 days after completion of the initial mRNA COVID-19 vaccine series. New studies show some people who are immunocompromised had a reduced immune response to the initial COVID-19 vaccine series. This includes people who have:

  • Active treatment for solid tumor and hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of a solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy) Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (≥20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory.

Information for families

Can children get the COVID-19 vaccines at their pediatricians' offices, as well as other locations?

Many private health care providers do offer COVID-19 vaccines. Check for availability near you at vaccines.gov.

Why should I vaccinate my child?

Vaccination protects against severe illness, hospitalization, and death. It gets our kids back to the programs, activities and social interactions they need for appropriate academic, social-emotional and physical development.

Parents can protect their children from needing hospitalization or having long-lasting COVID-19 symptoms. Medical science has proven that other vaccines keep dangerous diseases and viruses away from our children, such as measles, mumps, and polio. The COVID-19 vaccines are no different.

Will children receive the same COVID-19 vaccine dose as adults?

Clinical trials evaluate the safety and effectiveness of vaccine dosage for different age groups. Children ages 12 and older receive the same vaccine dose as adults. Children ages 5-11 will receive a smaller dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

If I am pregnant or breastfeeding, can I get vaccinated?

Alaskans who are pregnant or breastfeeding arestrongly recommended to get a COVID-19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy. The benefits of vaccination outweigh known or potential risks. Pregnant and recently pregnant people with COVID-19 are at increased risk of severe illness, death, and pregnancy complications.

To speak to someone about COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, you can contact MotherToBaby. MotherToBaby experts are available to answer questions in English or Spanish by phone or chat. The free and confidential service is available Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm (local time). To reach MotherToBaby:

  • Call 1-866-626-6847
  • Chat live or send an email MotherToBaby

Can the COVID-19 vaccine cause infertility?

There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility.

Planning for and scheduling your appointment

How do I schedule my vaccine appointment?

To schedule a vaccine appointment, you can visit vaccines.gov. If you need assistance, please call 907-646-3322 or 1-833-482-9546 from 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on weekends.

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

Many vaccination clinics note on the website which vaccine is being offered. You may select a clinic site that has your preferred vaccine.

Safety and Effectiveness

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?

COVID-19 vaccines are safe. Over 410 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given in the United States since December 2020. The vaccines were evaluated in thousands of participants in clinical trials and safety checks are ongoing to ensure the vaccines are safe.

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).

Are COVID-19 vaccines effective?

Yes, the COVID-19 vaccines are 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. The Pfizer vaccine is FDA approved for ages 16+.

I read an article suggesting that the Johnson and Johnson Janssen vaccine is less effective in Alaska Native people.  Is there reliable scientific evidence to back this up?

No. We don't have any reason to think that the Johnson and Johnson Janssen vaccine is any less effective in Alaska Native people than any other racial group. The Johnson and Johnson Janssen vaccine is safe and effective. The reported vaccine efficacy among people in this racial group in the phase 3 clinical trial for this vaccine included fewer than 200 Alaska Native/American Indian people in the United States. This number is too small to draw any meaningful conclusions about vaccine efficacy.

What are the common side effects of COVID-19 vaccines?

After getting vaccinated, you might have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. Common side effects are pain, redness, and swelling in the arm where you received the shot, as well as tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea throughout the rest of the body. These side effects could affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days.

Health mandates

Will there be a COVID-19 vaccine mandate?

There are no plans for a statewide Alaska COVID-19 vaccine mandate. However, some employers may require it.

Cost

How much does the vaccine cost?

COVID-19 vaccines are provided at no cost to you, regardless of your insurance policy.

Vaccination providers can be reimbursed for vaccine administration fees by the patient's public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Provider Relief Fund. No one can be denied a vaccine if they are unable to pay a vaccine administration fee.

About Alaska's vaccination effort

How many Alaskans are vaccinated?

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

What to expect after you are vaccinated

After I get vaccinated, do I need to continue COVID-19 precautions like distancing and wearing a mask?

CDC has released guidance stating that those who are fully vaccinated may gather with other people who are fully vaccinated in a small private setting without social distancing or wearing a mask. Even if it has been two weeks since your final COVID-19 vaccination, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others in many situations. This includes wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart, avoiding crowds, and following travel and workplace guidance.

If I am fully vaccinated, what will change for me?

You are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after your dose of Janssen's vaccine. When you are fully vaccinated, you generally do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. Consider wearing a mask in crowded settings or in public indoor spaces if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. If you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine or get tested unless you have symptoms. Review the complete updated guidelines at the CDC website.

Will I receive documentation that I was vaccinated?

You will receive a vaccine record card from the healthcare provider who administers your vaccination.

How do I get a replacement vaccination card?

If you need a copy of your immunization record, including your COVID-19 vaccinations, please print out this Immunization Request Form (PDF) and mail or fax it to the Alaska Immunization VacTrAK program, which keeps track of the immunization records for Alaskans. Instructions on how to return the form are at the bottom of the form. Please include a copy of a supporting document that identifies the person requesting the immunization record.

Resources

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