End of the Federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) Declaration
May 11, 2023, marks the end of the federal COVID-19 PHE declaration. Learn more about how the CDC is shifting from an emergency response to incorporating COVID-19 activities into routine public health practice.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unimaginable adversity. COVID-19 vaccines can help us move forward, as the Public Health Emergency comes to an end; studies show COVID-19 vaccines work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Understanding how COVID-19 vaccines work, being informed about the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine, and knowing what to expect at your appointment can help you make an informed decision regarding the COVID-19 vaccination.
COVID-19 vaccine boosters can help restore protection that has decreased since previous vaccination and can provide broader protection against the newer variants. The updated boosters target the most recent Omicron subvariants that are more contagious and resistant than the earlier strains of Omicron. COVID-19 vaccine booster recommendations vary based on your age, the vaccine you first received, the time since your last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and whether you are immunocompromised. Talk with your local health care provider about whether a vaccine booster is appropriate for you.
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our lives in profound and unprecedented ways. Many of us faced challenges that were stressful, overwhelming, and caused strong emotions. Public health actions, such as social distancing when sick, were necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19 but made us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient. Eastern Aleutian Tribes’ Behavioral Health and Crisis Line are staffed with qualified mental health professionals who are here for you, to listen and offer support. All communication is confidential.
If stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row, call your local clinic to make a Behavioral Health appointment or call the Crisis Line, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at (844) 870-1750.