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COVID-19 Vaccine Information for all Alaskans 

Updated June 20, 2022

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Who can get the vaccine now?

The COVID-19 vaccine is available to anyone in Alaska who is age 6 months or older. The CDC preferentially recommends individuals receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) over Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine.

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

Everyone 12 or older should get a COVID-19 vaccine booster if it's been five months since receiving an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or two months since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Booster doses are available for Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. If you are 12 or older and received a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or 18 or older and received a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least five months ago, you are encouraged to get a booster dose. Individuals who are immunocompromised may also receive a booster dose 3 months after their primary series of 3 mRNA doses or 2 months after their primary series with a Johnson & Johnson and mRNA vaccine.

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. The CDC preferentially recommends individuals receive an mRNA vaccine over the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose.

Who can get a second booster dose?

People over the age of 50 and some immunocompromised individuals may receive a second mRNA booster (Pfizer or Moderna) four months after their first booster dose. Additionally, people who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for both their primary dose and booster dose may receive a second booster dose using an mRNA vaccine.

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

Yes. There is growing evidence that vaccination after infection significantly improves protection and reduces the risk of reinfection. The immunity provided by vaccine and prior infection are both high but not complete (i.e., not 100%). Read the full CDC Science Brief on Infection-induced and Vaccine-induced Immunity.

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?

Individuals ages 5 and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should get an extra shot in their primary series, then get a booster shot if they are 12 and older.

For those who initially received an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer), they should get a third shot at least 28 days after their second shot, followed by a booster shot at least 3 months later.

For those who initially received the Johnson ∓ Johnson vaccine, they should get an mRNA shot at least 28 days after their first shot, followed by a booster shot at least 2 months later.

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 younger than 12 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 are strongly 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 Saturday.

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. The COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to hundreds of millions of people 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 help prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. Vaccines also protect the people around you - including Alaska's healthcare workers and their patients.

Pfizer vaccine is authorized for ages 12 and up and the pediatric Pfizer vaccine is authorized for ages 5 to 11.

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 COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard for updated information about vaccination and doses administered in Alaska.

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?

You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson). It is advisable to wear a mask in indoor public settings if there is high transmission in your community or if you are at risk for severe disease, regardless of your vaccination status. Review the complete updated guidelines for when you've been fully vaccinated 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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