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.
COVID-19 Vaccine in Valdez
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.
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 vaccine, please 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.
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.