Frequently asked questions about COVID

Testing & Vaccines

What type of COVID test does SCHC offer?


We most commonly offer a nasal PCR test. It is currently the most accurate test for diagnosing COVID-19 virus infection and has a low risk of false-negative results (a false-negative occurs when you get a negative PCR result even though you are infected with the virus). This is sent to the Alaska State Lab and results come back in 4-7 days.




Does SCHC do rapid tests?


Yes. These are done at the health provider’s discretion and during medical appointments since rapid test supplies are very limited.




I haven't received a call with my test results. Are my results in?


If you haven't received a call with results on your test, we have not received the results back from the state lab. Our staff will call you as soon as the results are received in our office. All of our PCR testing is sent to the state public health lab. Your results will only show up in MyChart if you have been seen and evaluated in the clinic. Drive-thru testing is not routinely entered into your chart.




I am traveling out of Alaska by air/road. Can I get tested at SCHC?


No. We cannot guarantee the 72-hour turnaround times required for most travel. We recommend the following options in Anchorage:

  • Ted Stephens Airport/Capstone (907) 333-2133
  • Alpine Clinic 907-344-2400




I have a medical procedure coming up.  Can I schedule a test with SCHC?


Testing for medical procedures are done through Providence Medical Lab. Ask your medical provider to order a test through Providence Medical Lab.




When are you offering drive-through testing?


Through September 2021, this will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2 pm at 417 First Ave, Seward, AK.




Drive-through testing – how much does it cost?


There is no cost to the patient for drive-through testing.




Can you e-mail, text, or fax me my results?


No, we cannot. You can request a copy of your result to pick up at the front desk when you are called with your results.




I have COVID-like symptoms. What should I do?  How do I get tested?


  • First you should quarantine away from others until you get evaluated. You should contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible. We schedule our patients usually the same day and have the ability to do a rapid molecular test at providers discretion.
  • Bottom line, anyone with COVID symptoms should be tested as soon as possible regardless of exposure or vaccination status.
  • Click here for an easy-to-read infographic




Which vaccines are offered at Seward Community Health Center?


We offer Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.

  • Pfizer - 2-dose series, 21 days apart*
  • Moderna is a 2-dose series, 28 days apart
  • Johnson & Johnson is a 1-dose vaccine
*A third dose or booster shots have been approved by the FDA for certain populations. Click here for more information on vaccine eligibility.




Is the COVID vaccine free?


Yes. There is no cost to the patient for any of the vaccines. If you have insurance, we will bill your insurance for a nominal vaccine administration fee.




Who is eligible to receive the COVID vaccine?


We are following State & CDC Guidelines to determine who is eligible to receive the vaccine. Click here for eligibility details.





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COVID‐19 Vaccines Available to All People Age 12+ Who Live or Work in Alaska

The COVID‐19 vaccine is available to all people age 12 years and older who are living, working, or traveling in Alaska.

Seward Community Health Center (SCHC) is offering the two‐shot Moderna and Pfizer vaccine series and the one‐shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

SCHC will administer these vaccines by appointment only. Those interested should call 907‐224‐2273. Callers should leave their name, date of birth, and phone number, and also specify which vaccine they are interested in. 

 

Once scheduled for the vaccine, patients should bring photo ID and insurance information to their appointment. There is no charge for the COVID‐19 vaccine. If you are insured, SCHC will bill the patient’s insurance for a nominal vaccine administration fee.

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What to Expect When You Visit SCHC //

  • All patients are screened for COVID before being admitted to the building.

  • All staff and visitors in the building are required to wear a mask.  We will provide you with a mask if you do not have one.

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