COVID-19 and More
Vaccination clinics @ Harry Race Pharmacy
Select Fridays 10AM - 2PM
COVID vaccines, Shingles, Pneumonia, TDAP, and more!
!!NEW!! 9/7/22: Bivalent COVID-19 vaccines will be available for patients 12 years and older starting at our clinic on 9/16/22. Please follow the link to sign up for an appointment slot. Walk-ins welcome.
Click on the link & scroll to select the date and time you wish to make an appointment.
V-safe is CDC’s smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines. V-safe uses text messaging and web surveys from CDC to check in with vaccine recipients following COVID-19 vaccination. V-safe provides second vaccine dose reminders if needed, and telephone follow up to anyone who reports medically significant adverse events.
Note: V-safe cannot schedule vaccine appointments, including second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. If you need to schedule, reschedule, or cancel a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, contact the location that set up your appointment or a vaccine provider in your area.
V-safe is CDC’s active monitoring system for COVID-19 vaccine safety. It is available for every vaccine recipient and encourages people to check in regularly. V-safe works alongside existing robust systems designed to monitor vaccine safety, including VAERS, which alerts the CDC of adverse events. Milder side effects are also helpful to learn about, so when you participate with v-safe you’re supporting vaccine safety with the additional information you provide to the CDC.
We encourage everyone to sign up online for v-safe at the time of vaccination:
If I am pregnant or breastfeeding, can I get vaccinated?
Alaskans who are pregnant or breastfeeding may choose to get a COVID-19 vaccine when they are eligible to receive it. There are limited data about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for people who are pregnant. COVID-19 vaccines are unlikely to pose a risk to pregnant people or their babies based on current understanding.
I’m not currently in Alaska. What should I do to get vaccinated?
You’ll want to follow the guidelines for where you are located. States and local jurisdictions will have different guidance than what you’ll see in Alaska. You’ll follow the guidance of the community you are in. You’ll want to plan to get both doses of vaccine with the same healthcare provider.
Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve recently received the flu vaccine, or any other vaccine?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend getting the COVID-19 vaccine within 2 weeks of any other vaccine because insufficient data currently exists on the safety and efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines. However, CDC has also recommended not to deny the COVID vaccine to someone who recently had another vaccine and is at high risk for COVID-19 at this time.
If I have an underlying medical condition, can I get vaccinated? Yes, people with underlying medical conditions can receive a COVID-19 vaccine as long as they have not had an immediate or severe allergic reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of the ingredients in the vaccine. Vaccination is an important consideration for people ages 16 and older with certain underlying medical conditions because they are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Is a COVID-19 vaccine safe?
COVID-19 vaccine safety is a top priority. No steps are skipped during the clinical trial process for COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine safety checks are in progress and will continue as long as a vaccine is available. Vaccine safety is complicated and important, and questions are expected and healthy.
Learn more about the V-safe after-vaccination health checker and how to report side effects in the Vaccine Safety Application V-Safe Information Sheet (PDF)
Will the vaccine be effective?
A safe and effective COVID vaccine is an important tool for ending the global pandemic. Vaccines can protect individuals in different ways. Vaccines also protect the people around you - including Alaska’s healthcare workers and their patients.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes vaccines after they pass several clinical trials. Scientists are using clinical trials to test the COVID vaccine’s effectiveness. These clinical trials require thousands of people and months of data. The vaccine development is faster than normal because some steps are being done at the same time instead of one after another. Learn more about FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization authority and watch a video on what an EUA is.
The FDA authorized the Pfizer vaccine on December 11, 2020. The FDA authorized the Moderna vaccine on December 18, 2020. The FDA authorized the Janssen vaccine on February 27, 2021. All COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA and recommended by the CDC are safe and effective in preventing COVID-19.