Information about COVID-19 vaccines
The COVID-19 vaccines are another way to help protect ourselves and our communities against further spread of COVID-19.
If you are interested in more information about receiving a vaccine, contact your primary care provider or Tribal health organization where you receive care. ANTHC is currently offering vaccines to our health care workers and supporting statewide distribution.
ANTHC has gathered information to help you follow vaccine news and make informed decisions for yourself and your family.
Who can get a vaccine
Currently available COVID-19 vaccines are approved for use by people ages 16 and older. Tribal health organizations manage health care for the people we serve and are able to make decisions about vaccine supplies that are different from state and federal guidelines.
Tribal health beneficiaries should contact their primary care provider or clinic for eligibility information.
Top information to know about the COVID-19 vaccines
- Effective: Current vaccines approved for use will help protect you from getting COVID-19.
- Safe: No steps were skipped in the FDA process to verify safety and ongoing monitoring of safety are still continuing. The Food and Drug Administration has given emergency-use authorization to two vaccines, one made by Pfizer-BioNTech and one by Moderna. More vaccines are in development to respond to the need.
- Two doses required: Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses — Pfizer’s three weeks apart, and Moderna’s four weeks apart.
- Just one part of COVID-19 safety: Even though vaccines are now available, it’s important to continue other COVID-19 safety practices. Wear a mask, maintain physical distance, keep your bubbles small and wash your hands often.
Benefits of getting a vaccine
- A vaccine helps protect you: A vaccine will make you much less likely to get COVID-19. If you do get COVID-19, health experts expect the vaccine to make you much less likely to become seriously ill.
- Getting vaccinated may protect those around you: If you avoid getting sick, you are less likely to spread the virus to others, including people at high risk of becoming seriously ill.
- Vaccination is a safer way to get immunity: COVID-19 is unpredictable and can cause serious illness and death, so gaining immunity through infection is not as safe as being vaccinated. Also, getting sick puts you at higher risk of infecting others.
- Vaccines can help end the pandemic: Over time, vaccines help populations safely develop immunity. Once enough people are vaccinated, COVID-19 won’t widely spread, ending the pandemic. People who haven’t been vaccinated (such as babies) will also be protected because those around them won’t have the virus.
Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines
Up to date information about the COVID-19 vaccines are available from public health information sources.
- State of Alaska: covidvax.alaska.gov
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: COVID-19 Vaccines
- Southcentral Foundation: Vaccine guides and FAQ
#ProtectsMeProtectsYou support campaign
We are all in this together! When you get your COVID-19 vaccine, it protects yourself and others.
Taking inspiration from the #ProtectsMeProtectsYou campaign seen across Tribal health, we’re making Alaskan inspired materials available on our website for all Alaskans! To download our free Protects Me, Protects You graphic, save the images below.
Steve Thomas created the original “Protects Me, Protects You” signature share graphic. Learn more about the campaign, here: https://www.protectsmeprotectsyou.org.