Valdez COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
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.
**Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine distribution currently paused by direction of FDA, CDC, and DHSS.**
COVID-19 Vaccine in Valdez
Local Vaccine Distribution
Regular shipments of COVID-19 vaccine will be ordered as needed based upon state monthly allocations.
The local process used for distribution consists of multiple closed point of dispensing (POD) clinics, similar to what is practiced for flu vaccine each fall in Valdez. A closed POD is a smaller, focused event just for a specific population. Closed PODs are scheduled in advance and open by appointment only. Exact processes for the closed PODs will be determined by each POD manager, based on state and federal guidance.
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.
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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 907.834.3416.