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To end COVID-19

To re-open our schools

To save our elders & culture bearers

In Bethel and villages, all individuals aged 16 and older are now eligible for vaccination. 

To request a vaccination appointment, please submit a vaccine application online. If you have difficulty with the button below, copy and paste the following address into your web browser: https://tinyurl.com/y7reeyst.

Completion of this form does not automatically schedule an appointment, but it will register you as interested in a vaccine. It is possible that an appointment may not be scheduled right away, but you will be scheduled when vaccine doses are available.  

After you submit the form, you will receive a call back within 3 days to schedule an appointment or to let you know you are on the list for when vaccination teams will visit your village. A date will be provided at that time, if possible.

 

Why you should get the vaccine

Our communities need as many people vaccinated as possible. Each person vaccinated is one step closer to our normal way of life. It’s ok to have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine! YKHC is here to help.

  • It is safe for you to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The vaccine is highly effective at preventing severe illness or death from COVID-19.
  • The vaccine will help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our region.
  • Most people do not experience side effects, and if they do, side effects are almost always mild and disappear within 48 hours.
  • There have been very few allergic reactions (or adverse effects) and no deaths from the vaccine.
  • The vaccine was developed thoroughly and safely, and was promptly approved to help get it out to people quickly.
  • If you have had COVID-19 already, you are not immune from getting it again in the future. Only the vaccine can prevent severe illness or death from COVID-19.

Vaccination FAQs

What are the side effects of the vaccine?

The most common side effects people reported are soreness at the injection site, fever, fatigue and muscle aches. These typically resolve after about 48 hours, are signs your body is learning to fight COVID-19, and can be treated with ibuprofen or Tylenol.

What are the risks of a serious allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine?

The risk of a serious allergic reaction is very low, but YKHC health providers will monitor individuals for 20 minutes following vaccination, to ensure timely care is provided under the extremely rare circumstance of an allergic reaction.

What is the effectiveness of the vaccine?

COVID-19 are highly effective in keeping people from catching COVID-19. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will also help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.

When I am considered fully vaccinated?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control states that people are considered fully protected two weeks after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

Will I still have to wear a mask when I am fully vaccinated?

Everyone should wear a mask in public settings. Masks and avoiding close contact with others are simple and effective tools to prevent the spread of this highly contagious virus. Current guidance does suggest small indoor gatherings between fully vaccinated individuals (10 people or less) can be performed without masks and physical distancing.

Will I have to quarantine after I am fully vaccinated?

People who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their second dose) and do not have any symptoms, do not need to quarantine after travel or exposure to someone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. These individuals should still be tested in accordance with YKHC guidelines.

Can people still spread COVID-19 after they have been vaccinated?

We are not sure whether you can still spread COVID-19 after vaccination, so it is important to comply with all of the public health measures that we know work to decrease the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask, remain physically distant from anyone who does not reside in your household, and wash your hands frequently. 

Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

No, it is not possible to catch COVID-19 from the vaccine. There is no live virus in COVID-19 vaccines.

Have there been many studies done on these vaccines?

Yes. The FDA requires rigorous testing and safety information for each vaccine. These were tested on tens of thousands of people.

Is it safe to get the vaccine?

Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. Thousands of Alaskans have received the vaccine. There have been very few allergic reactions and no deaths.

Should I get the vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding mothers be given the vaccine if desired. There have been no reported adverse effects in pregnancies in women after they received the vaccine.

Should I get vaccinated if I already had COVID-19?

Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19.

Can children get the vaccine?

No. Currently, there are no COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for children younger than 16 years.

Where can I learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine?

YKHC recommends using trusted sources of information to gather more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State of Alaska.
Resource:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html
Resource:
http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/epi/id/pages/COVID-19/vaccine.aspx

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