COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Vaccines

In Sitka, everyone 16 or older is eligible for any of the COVID-19 vaccines, and those 12 and up are eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. To register, head to https://covid19.searhc.org/ or  http://covidvax.alaska.gov

COVID-19 Shelter Precautions
SAFV is taking the following extra safety precautions to keep residents, clients and staff safe during this uncertain time:
  • Highly touched surfaces are sanitized daily
  • All who enter the building are highly encouraged to wear a mask and wash their hands in a bathroom at the entrance of the building
  • Residents or staff traveling from out of town are quarantined for 14 days or until receiving a negative COVID-19 test 7 days after their return prior to participating in communal living or returning to work 
  • Each family or individual residing in shelter are given their own room
  • Staff are maintaining a 6 feet distance when providing advocacy to resident and non-resident program participants
  • SAFV is only allowing essential visitors into the building at this time, and only receiving essential donations such as food and paper products.
  • Anyone needing to pick up or drop off something at SAFV is encouraged to call prior to coming, and an advocate will meet them at the door.
  • Sexual Assault Response calls are still being conducted at SEAHRC and all team members receive COVID-19 tests prior to beginning the exam.
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About the Vaccines

There are three CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.

Pfizer
Moderna
Johnson & Johnson*
  • 95% efficacy of preventing symptomatic Covid after 2 doses

  • Approved for those aged 16 and older

  • mRNA vaccine

  • At least 21 days between doses

  • 94.1% efficacy of preventing symptomatic Covid after 2 doses

  • Slightly lower efficacy in those aged 65 and older

  • Approved for those aged 18 and older

  • mRNA vaccine

  • At least 28 days between doses

  • 66% efficacy against moderate to severe Covid after 1 dose

  • Approved for those aged 18 and older

  • Viral vectored vaccine

  • 85% effective in protecting against severe disease

*Dissemination has halted due to health risk.

On the arm where the shot was given:

  • Pain

  • Redness

  • Swelling

These side effects are normal and mean that the vaccine is working! They are a sign that your body is building protection to the virus. If the side effects do not go away after a few days, contact your doctor. 
 

Rest of body:

  • Fatigue

  • Aches

  • Chills

  • Headache

  • Fever

  • Nausea

Side Effects