Valdez COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

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COVID-19 Vaccine in Alaska

COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the FDA are highly effective for the protection of the patient and prevention of severe illness and hospitalization. As of March 9, 2021, all individuals who live or work in Alaska are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. 

Vaccine Specific Information
Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna immunizations require two doses of vaccine given over a period of time. The Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine requires a single dose of vaccine. Current science shows immunity is not immediate following vaccination and may also require future booster immunizations.

CDC states cost should not be a barrier to receiving COVID-19 vaccination. The State of Alaska has ensured all Alaskans have access to the vaccine at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient.

Post Vaccination Guidance
Click the links below to view information for those who have received either first or second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • General Post Vaccination Information
  • V-Safe Program: V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • VAERS Program: The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), is a national program managed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to monitor the safety of all vaccines licensed in the United States. VAERS collects and reviews reports of adverse events that occur after vaccination. An “adverse event” is any health problem or “side effect” that happens after a vaccination. VAERS cannot determine if a vaccine caused an adverse event, but can determine if further investigation is needed 

COVID-19 Vaccine in Valdez

Vaccine is allocated in Valdez based upon state and federal guidelines. Local officials do not make allocation decisions. 

The Valdez Vaccine Task Force, comprised of members of the local medical community, public health, city staff, Valdez Native Tribe representatives, and others, work together to determine logistics for vaccine distribution based upon state/federal allocation guidelines.

POD 7Local Vaccine Distribution

Regular shipments of COVID-19 vaccine will be ordered as needed based upon state monthly allocations.

Starting in May 2021, vaccine distribution in Valdez will start looking a little different based on current community needs. Large first dose vaccination POD clinics at the Civic Center will conclude and transition instead to smaller vaccine distribution events coordinated thru the Valdez Public Health Clinic.

Other local medical providers are also exploring the process to order and administer vaccine in small numbers at their facilities. This option is not yet available, but please stay tuned for more information coming soon!

Multiple second dose POD clinics are scheduled at the Valdez Civic Center throughout May. 

Local Appointment Process for VaccineIMG_0376
Appointments are required for COVID-19 vaccination to verify eligibility, ensure equity of distribution, and provide time for the standard 15 to 30 minute post vaccination observation period.

  • Johnson & Johnson Janssen single dose and Pfizer first dose POD clinics are scheduled for May 20. To make an appointment for one of these two clinics, visit http://covidvax.alaska.gov or call the Valdez Public Health Clinic at 907.835.4612.

  • If you live or work in Valdez or a surrounding small community, and still need your first dose of Moderna vaccineplease call the Valdez Public Health Clinic (907.835.4612) to discuss your situation and arrange your appointment.

  • If you are a business or organization looking to schedule vaccination for your employees or clients/customers, please contact the Valdez Public Health Clinic (907.835.4612) to discuss your situation.

Those being vaccinated will make an appointment for their second dose of vaccine during their first dose appointment. Both doses must be the same brand of vaccine. The state requests those receiving vaccination arrange their schedule to receive their first and second doses through the same provider/clinic location.

Logistical Support for Community Partners
The City of Valdez purchased specialized refrigeration units designed to support cold and/or frozen storage of the several different types of vaccine currently available or in development. The City also received COVID-19 vaccine storage depot designation from the State of Alaska in the event storage support is needed for community partners or nearby communities in the future.  

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Volunteers Needed for Valdez COVID-19 Vaccination Point of Dispensing (POD) Clinics

All skill levels welcome!

The following volunteers are needed to help with upcoming Valdez first dose and second dose vaccination clinics:POD 4

  • Registration Personnel - Help patients complete registration, collect completed paperwork, and check patients out of the clinic once they are finished.
  • General Logistics - Help set-up/pack-up the clinic location, direct patients through the clinic stations, move supplies between stations, and help with monitoring patients post-vaccination.
  • Medically Trained/Licensed Personnel - Help triage patients, administer vaccinations, and monitor patients post-vaccination.

If you are interested in volunteering for an upcoming clinic, please reach out to the Valdez Unified Command volunteer coordinator, Rhea Cragun at rcragun@valdezak.gov or 907.834.3416.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

As you explore vaccine options for yourself and your family, we encourage you to seek out credible sources for science based information, such as CDC, DHSS, and your healthcare provider. 

Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/ and http://covidvax.alaska.gov for the latest updates and to view specifics on different types of vaccines.