As we emerge from the challenges of the past and the official end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration, we find ourselves at a pivotal moment. Now more than ever, our actions as caring community members play a crucial role in safeguarding the health and well-being of our fellow Anchorage residents. The good news is that we have the power to create a brighter, healthier future together, simply by embracing everyday preventive measures. What does that look like?

Respiratory Etiquette: Cover, Protect, and Care

Respiratory etiquette may sound fancy, but it’s simply about showing thoughtfulness and care for one another. Imagine you have a fancy shield that can capture any sneezes or coughs before they reach anyone else. Well, that’s precisely what respiratory etiquette does! The best part is, this superhero move is super easy to master. When you cough or sneeze, just use your elbow or a tissue to cover your nose and mouth. It’s not just a gesture of politeness; it’s a powerful way to prevent the spread of germs. Let’s make this a normal part of our day-to-day interactions, demonstrating our care for our community and protecting one another like the superheroes we are!

Embrace the Power of Vaccination

Getting vaccinated is a superhero move that not only shields you from COVID-19 and other deadly, but preventable, illnesses, getting vaccinated also extends that shield’s protective embrace to our entire community. It’s a symbol of strength and unity, showing that we are committed to keeping each other safe. If you haven’t already, join the ranks of our community’s protectors. Check out to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you – let’s power up and unleash the hero within!

The Mask: Your Everyday Superpower

Your everyday superpower lies in something as simple as wearing a mask. We’ve grown accustomed to masks being a part of our lives over the last few years, and now, it’s time to view them as symbols of our care for one another. When you’re not feeling well or experiencing any symptoms, wearing a mask becomes your superhero cape, protecting others from any potential exposure. It’s not just a piece of cloth; it’s a testament to our commitment to each other’s health and well-being. So, let’s keep our masks handy and wear them with pride, knowing that we’re making a difference by being responsible community members.

Together, We Create a Healthier Anchorage!

As we navigate this new chapter, let’s remember that the power to shape our future lies in the everyday choices we make. By incorporating these preventive measures into our daily routines, we weave a safety net that envelops our community in protection and care.

So, as you venture out to enjoy the beauty of Anchorage, meet with friends, or support local businesses, let’s stand united in our commitment to respiratory etiquette, vaccinations, and mask-wearing when unwell. Let’s be the embodiment of compassion and responsibility, knowing that each action we take, no matter how small, contributes to the collective health and well-being of our beloved Anchorage.

Together, we’ve shown resilience, and together, we’ll continue to thrive. The PHE is over, but our journey towards a healthier Anchorage has just begun. Let’s seize this moment to create a future where care, kindness, and well-being reign supreme.

Join us in this mission – because in unity, there’s strength, and in prevention, there’s health.

Stay Healthy, Anchorage!

Let’s set the record straight and clear the air of any lingering doubts about vaccinations! It’s time to debunk those common myths that might have swirled around us. Together, we’ll embrace the empowering truth about vaccinations, shining a light on the science and facts that make them our trusted allies in maintaining good health.

Myth #1: Vaccines Cause Serious Side Effects

Reality Check: Vaccines are thoroughly tested and monitored for safety before being approved for use. While some individuals may experience mild side effects like soreness or low-grade fever, serious side effects are extremely rare. The overwhelming majority of people benefit from the protection vaccines provide, far outweighing any potential risks.

Myth #2: Vaccines Can Give You the Disease

Reality Check: Vaccines are designed to stimulate our immune systems to build protection against specific diseases. They do not contain the live viruses that cause the illnesses they protect against. Instead, they introduce harmless components of the germs, helping our bodies recognize and fight the real thing if encountered in the future.

Myth #3: Natural Immunity is Better Than Vaccine-Induced Immunity

Reality Check: While recovering from an illness can lead to natural immunity, it often comes at a significant cost of suffering and even life-threatening complications. Vaccines provide a safer alternative to acquire immunity without experiencing the full effects of the disease. Additionally, vaccine-induced immunity is well-documented and highly effective.

Myth #4: Vaccines are Only for Children

Reality Check: Vaccinations are not limited to childhood! Folks of all ages benefit greatly from staying up-to-date on our vaccinations, including the flu shot, pneumonia vaccine, COVID-19 vaccine, and so on. These protect us against preventable illnesses that can have severe and long-lasting consequences.

Myth #5: COVID-19 Vaccines Were Rushed and Not Safe

Reality Check: COVID-19 vaccines underwent rigorous clinical trials involving thousands of participants to ensure their safety and efficacy. Their development was expedited due to the urgent global need, but no corners were cut in the process. The vaccines were granted emergency use authorization only after meeting strict regulatory standards.

Let’s Stand United in Truth

By dispelling these myths, we empower ourselves with knowledge and wisdom. Together, we can build a healthier community by embracing the truth about vaccinations and the remarkable protection they offer. Let’s support one another in making informed decisions, prioritizing health, and staying strong together!