COVID TESTING & VACCINATION
Vaccines are available at Yakutat Community Health Center any day now.
Moderna: For people 18 years and older. 2 doses given 4 weeks (28 days) apart.
Pfizer-BioNTech. For people 12 years and older. 2 doses given 3 weeks (21 days) apart.
Johnson & Johnson/Janssen. People 18 years and older. 1 shot.
Third initial doses.
The CDC has recently found that a small group of people who are immunocompromised require a 3 dose vaccination series to achieve the best initial immunity. We are starting to provide third doses to this small group of people.
For those of us who do not fall in the very specific category above, there is currently a discussion underway this week about the likely rollout of booster doses for people over 65 (because older immune systems don't always produce as robust a response to infections as when we are younger), probably around September 20th. Booster doses are expected to be extended to the general population sometime afterward. This is to address evolving evidence suggestion some immunity is slowly waning over time. Booster doses help restore higher levels of circulating antibodies which help us fight off a COVID infection.
For more information about third initial doses, please call us
If interested getting a vaccine, please schedule an appointment.
YCHC is urging anyone who participated in any large public events in the last 2 weeks, people who have symptoms of COVID-19, people who have had a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, even if fully vaccinated, people not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who are prioritized for expanded community screening for COVID-19, people not fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine who have been asked or referred to get testing by their school, workplace, healthcare provider, state, tribal, local or territorial health department.
Symptoms of COVID-19
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported- ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms, People with these symptoms may have COVID-19 and must get a COVID-19 test:
Fever or chills.
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
Muscle or body aches.
New loss of taste or smell.
Congestion or runny nose.
Nausea or vomiting.
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
Contact us to schedule a COVID-19 test at Yakutat Community Health Center: (907) 784-3275