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 to patients at the Walk-In Clinic at ANMC as well as 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 5 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.

For Anchorage patients, COVID-19 vaccinations are available at the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center for patients who are empaneled to receive services. The two-dose pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for
children age 5-11 is also available, with children age 5-17 requiring parental consent. Families should contact their primary care provider or call (907) 729-3300 to schedule an appointment.

Tribal health beneficiaries should contact their primary care provider or clinic for eligibility information.

Booster Doses

Although COVID-19 vaccination remains effective in preventing severe disease, recent data suggest vaccination becomes less effective over time, especially in people aged 65 and older and at preventing infection or milder illness with symptomsEveryone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot. You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots. 

What if I already had COVID-19?

Although previous COVID infection can lead to the production of antibodies, the vaccine acts as a booster for your body to fight the virus. It has been seen that the antibody level after vaccination is much higher than the antibody level after natural infection. Therefore, vaccination after recovering from COVID-19 is essential for all adults.

I’ve been vaccinated – do I need to get a booster?

Although COVID-19 vaccination remains effective in preventing severe disease, recent data suggest vaccination becomes less effective over time, especially in people aged 65 and older and at preventing infection or milder illness with symptoms. All persons aged 18 years and older should receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine and ou may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot.

IF YOU RECEIVED
Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna


Who should get a booster:
Everyone 18 years or older

When to get a booster:
At least 6 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

Which booster should you get?
Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States.

IF YOU RECEIVED
Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen


Who should get a booster:
Everyone 18 years or older

When to get a booster:
At least 2 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination.

Which booster should you get?
Any of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States.

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.
  • Vaccine dose options: Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses — Pfizer’s three weeks apart, and Moderna’s four weeks apart. The Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine is one-dose.
  • 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. 

What to Expect during and after Vaccine Appointment

  • You may experience side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. These are normal signs that your body is building protection against COVID-19. 
  • Use v-safe to tell CDC about any side effects. If you enter your booster shot in your v-safe account, the system will send you daily health check-ins. 

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines

Up to date information about the COVID-19 vaccines are available from public health information sources.


#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.