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Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

SPAM Alert

Alaska’s Medicare Information Office anticipates the onset of COVID-19 vaccine scams to prey on unsuspecting beneficiaries. This type of fraud will move very quickly, very soon, and will take many forms. At this point, it is essential to be aware of likely schemes and how you can protect yourself:

  • You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency. 
  • You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine. 
  • You cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine. 
  • No one from Medicare or the Health Department with contact you. 
  •  No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number, your credit card, or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine. 
  • Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment. 

If you get a call, text, email — or even someone knocking on your door — claiming they can get you early access to the vaccine, STOP. That’s a scam. For the most accurate and current information always use trusted and verified resources like www.CDC.gov and www.COVID-19.Alaska.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the vaccination plan for Alaskans?

The vaccine supply with be very limited at first. Federal and state guidance will help determine who can get vaccinated. As supplies increase, the vaccine will become more widely available. The most accurate and comprehensive information can be found on the State of Alaska DHSS website.

Is the vaccine safe?

COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority. No steps were skipped during the clinical trail process. Vaccine safety checks will continue.

Posted Dec. 10, 2020

Is the vaccine safe for children?

At first, COVID-19 vaccines may not be recommended for children. In earl clinical trials only non-pregnant adults participated.

Posted Dec. 10, 2020

Is the COVID vaccine safe for women who are pregnant ?

The mRNA COVID vaccines are not live vaccines.  Pregnant women were not included in the clinical trials for these vaccines.  The FDA and CDC recommend that if a pregnant women is part of a group (e.g., healthcare personnel) who is recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and is pregnant, she may choose to be vaccinated. A discussion with her healthcare provider can help her make an informed decision.

Posted December 14, 2020

Can you receive the vaccine if you are breastfeeding?

There are no data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in lactating women or the effects of mRNA vaccines on the breastfed infant or milk production/excretion.  The mRNA vaccines are not considered live virus vaccines and are not thought to be a risk to the breastfeeding infant.  If a lactating woman is part of a group (e.g., healthcare personnel) who is recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, she may choose to be vaccinated.

Posted December 14, 2020

Does the vaccine contain preservatives?

The vaccine does not contain preservatives, mercury, aluminum, or latex.

Posted Dec. 14, 2020

Is the vaccine effective?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes vaccines after they pass three phases of clinical trials to test the COVID vaccine's effectiveness. These clinical trials require thousands of people and months of data. COVID vaccines are developing faster than other vaccines because some steps are proceeding simultaneously. For example, manufacturing is happening while tests proceed in order to distribute the vaccine immediately upon approval.

Posted Dec. 10, 2020

Will the vaccine be required?

Currently, there are no plans to require vaccination in Alaska.

Posted Dec. 10, 2020

What will the vaccine cost?

The Alaska COVID Vaccine Task Force is working to ensure all Alaskans have access to the COVID vaccine at no charge and your insurance can be billed the fee to administer the vaccine when it is your turn to get it.

Posted Dec. 10, 2020

I hear there are different vaccines being developed, do I get to choose which one I receive?

No, we will offer the vaccine that has been made available to us.

Posted Dec. 10, 2020

How many shots will I need to get?

All but one of the vaccines currently in Phase 3 clinical trials in the United States need two shots to be effective.

Posted Dec. 10, 2020

Are there side effects?

Volunteers have experienced soreness at the injection site and some report feeling achy for a day or so.

Posted Dec. 10, 2020

I am eligible for the new vaccine by being in a high risk department. but I already had COVID last month and should be immune for some time.

The CDC (with support from State DHSS) recommends an individual in your situation wait 90 days before receiving the vaccine.

Posted December 11, 2020

After I get the vaccine do I still need to wear a mask and socially distance?

Yes. We will need a higher population of people to be vaccinated before we can eliminate mitigation requirement like masking, physical distancing, etc.

Posted Dec. 10, 2020


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