Valdez COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Page last updated 06.18.2021, 1:30 p.m.

Weekly Valdez Vaccine Dashboard

Please Note: Starting July 1, 2021, this local dashboard will stop being updated weekly. This same data will instead be available 

thru the DHSS Response Hub here:

Expanded Valdez Vaccine Dashboard 061821
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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.

CDC states cost should not be a barrier to receiving COVID-19 vaccination. The State of Alaska has ensured all Alaskans have access to the vaccine at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient.

Post Vaccination Guidance
Click the links below to view information for those who have received either first or second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • General Post Vaccination Information
  • V-Safe Program: V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • VAERS Program: The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), is a national program managed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to monitor the safety of all vaccines licensed in the United States. VAERS collects and reviews reports of adverse events that occur after vaccination. An “adverse event” is any health problem or “side effect” that happens after a vaccination. VAERS cannot determine if a vaccine caused an adverse event, but can determine if further investigation is needed 

COVID-19 Vaccine in Valdez

Vaccine is allocated in Valdez based upon state and federal guidelines. Local officials do not make allocation decisions. 

The Valdez Vaccine Task Force, comprised of members of the local medical community, public health, city staff, Valdez Native Tribe representatives, and others, work together to determine logistics for vaccine distribution based upon state/federal allocation guidelines.

POD 7Local Vaccine Distribution

Regular shipments of COVID-19 vaccine will be ordered as needed based upon state monthly allocations.

As of May 2021, vaccine distribution in Valdez looks a little different based on current community needs. Large first dose vaccination POD clinics at the Civic Center have concluded. 

Vaccination administration is now offered in a clinical setting by the following  local vaccine providers: the DHSS Valdez Public Health Clinic, The Alfa Doc, Safeway Pharmacy, and thru some local employers. 

Other local medical providers are also exploring the process to order and administer vaccine in small numbers at their facilities. 

Local Appointment Process for VaccineIMG_0376
Appointments are required for COVID-19 vaccination to verify eligibility, ensure equity of distribution, and provide time for the standard 15 to 30 minute post vaccination observation period.

  • If you live or work in Valdez or a surrounding small community, and still need your vaccineplease contact one of the providers listed above 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 one of the providers listed above to discuss your situation.

Those being vaccinated will make an appointment for their second dose of vaccine, if applicable, during their first dose appointment. Both doses must be the same brand of vaccine. The state requests those receiving vaccination arrange their schedule to receive their first and second doses through the same provider location.

Logistical Support for Community Partners
The City of Valdez purchased specialized refrigeration units designed to support cold and/or frozen storage of the several different types of vaccine currently available or in development. The City also received COVID-19 vaccine storage depot designation from the State of Alaska in the event storage support is needed for community partners or nearby communities in the future.  

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

As you explore vaccine options for yourself and your family, we encourage you to seek out credible sources for science based information, such as CDC, DHSS, and your healthcare provider. 

Visit and for the latest updates and to view specifics on different types of vaccines.