COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Vashon Island

For more information on each of these items, continue to the "More Details" section below. This page will be updated regularly. 

Washington State COVID-19 Vaccine Info Page:
CovidVaccineWA.org

King County COVID-19 Vaccine Info Page:
https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/vaccine.aspx

CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Info Page: 
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19


Who is eligible to be vaccinated?

Washington state is currently vaccinating anyone 12 years and older. 
​For 12- to 17-year olds, the Pfizer vaccine is the only option currently approved for use in the U.S.

Veterans may be vaccinated through the VA system. For more information go to VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Which vaccines are available? 

There are 3 vaccines currently approved for use in the United States: 
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is a two-dose vaccine, given 3 weeks apart, and is approved for those 12 and older. 
The Moderna vaccine is also a two-dose vaccines approved for use in those 18 and older, with 4 weeks between doses.
The Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine is one dose, for those 18 and older. Its use was temporarily paused, but as of April 24th, 2021 was approved to resume. 
If you prefer a specific vaccine, you can check with the providers to see when it is available.

Can I get my 2nd shot on Vashon if I got the first elsewhere?

Yes. Just show up to one of Vashon Pharmacy's drop-in clinics Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 9-12 and 1-4. Or go to Sea Mar anytime they are offering vaccinations. Bring your vaccine card with you. See more details below to check if your vaccine will be available.

What do the vaccines cost? Do I need insurance?

COVID-19 vaccines are free, whether or not you have insurance. If you have insurance, you may be asked for your information to help pay for the vaccine administration, but you will never be charged a copay, you will not be turned away for lack of insurance, or asked for any payments.

Where can I get vaccinated on Vashon?

Vashon Pharmacy is providing drive-through or walk-up vaccinations by appointment. Drop-in vaccine clinics with no appointment necessary are available on Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays, from 9-12 and 1-4 (for second doses, bring your vaccine card). The web site is currently open for making appointments as well. See below for more details on their process and vaccine status and check VashonPharmacy.com/covid. For a preview of what you will be asked when you sign up for an appointment online, see this PDF.

Sea Mar (SeaMar.org/covid-vaccine) at Sunrise Ridge is holding walk-in vaccination clinics some days with no appointment necessary. They are also taking appointments. Check the website and scroll down to see if the Vashon location is open. To make an appointment or find out which vaccine they have, call (206) 463-3671.

Kids: 12- to 18-year-olds are now able to be vaccinated at Vashon Pharmacy and Sea Mar. 

Sign up to receive emails of the Situation Reports and occasional updates on vaccine availability at  www.VoiceofVashon.org/alertsignup

Where can I get vaccinated off-island?

Off-island options include health care centers, hospitals, pharmacies, and public vaccination sites in King, Pierce, and Kitsap Counties.
Washington State Department of Health is keeping an official list of locations providing vaccines here:  https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization/VaccineLocations

These web sites list some vaccination sites and show which currently have vaccine or appointments available, updated frequently:  vaccinelocator.doh.wa.govhttps://www.covidwa.com, and https://www.vaccinespotter.org/WA

More Details:

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Updated Friday, June 11 from the Situation Report:

The Overview: Vaccine supplies continue to meet or exceed demand, with plenty of vaccine doses in stock to provide islanders with their injections, although fewer people need the service now that the island's first-dose vaccination rate has hit nearly 90%.

Vaccinations Free to All: All COVID-19 vaccinations are free to all.  If you have insurance, you'll be asked for your information so providers can recover the cost of administering the free vaccine, but there's no co-pay. If you do not have insurance, the cost is covered anyway and you will not be charged.

School Vaccinations: Two days of vaccination clinics were held this week at Vashon High School and McMurray Middle School, completing the mobile vaccination clinic project at the School District. Students who still need a first or second dose of vaccine, but were not able to participate in the school clinics, can make arrangements at Vashon Pharmacy or Sea Mar Clinic (see details below).

Get Your Second Dose: Vaccination completion by Vashon residents continues to improve, but there is still a 16-point gap between first-dose recipients and those who have gained full vaccination protection by getting two doses. Even if you got your first dose at an off-island provider, you can go to Sea Mar Clinic or Vashon Pharmacy to complete your vaccination (see details below). When coming for a second dose, bring your vaccination card, so the vaccinators can be sure to give you the correct vaccine and check for proper spacing between your first and second doses. Nearly all vaccine recipients in our community have received the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, which each require two doses. But anyone who got a Johnson and Johnson injection has already completed their vaccination course, since the J&J vaccine requires only a single dose.

Vashon Pharmacy Vaccinations: To get your first-dose vaccination, you are encouraged to go to VashonPharmacy.com/COVID to pre-register and make an appointment, which could save you some time. However, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:00pm), you may also drop in without an appointment if you prefer. Just go to the white vaccination tents at the rear of the Pharmacy, or look for a sign directing you to go inside the Pharmacy. If you need your second dose to complete your vaccination, you may call the Pharmacy at (206) 463-9118, or you can drop in without an appointment on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday to see if the vaccine type you need is on offer, either at the tents or inside the Pharmacy. Tomorrow, Saturday, all three vaccine types will be available: Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J.

Sea Mar Clinic Vaccinations: As demand for vaccinations has declined, Sea Mar has been adjusting its vaccination operations. In order to avoid wasting leftover vaccine from the multi-dose vials they are trying to concentrate patients into a few days a week. To find out when Sea Mar is offering vaccinations, and what vaccine is on offer, go to SeaMar.org/COVID-Vaccine. You can also make an appointment in advance and be sure of getting your injection by calling the Sunrise Ridge clinic at (206) 463 -3671.

Please Don't Waste Doses: Let the vaccinators know if you can't make your appointment. Sea Mar and Vashon Pharmacy explain that a missed appointment could waste precious doses of vaccine, and ask that you please notify them if you will not be coming. To cancel or reschedule at Sea Mar clinic, call (206) 463 3671. Vashon Pharmacy has an online cancellation link at  VashonPharmacy.com/COVID.

Questions About Vaccination: If you have questions, please call (844) 469-4554 and select option 4. That will connect you to one of the Medical Reserve Corps doctors who can respond with information. You can't make a vaccination appointment at that number. For an appointment, follow the directions above. 

CDC frequently asked Questions and Answers about COVID-19 vaccinations can be found at  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html  


Vashon Pharmacy COVID-19 vaccination site, March 2021. Photos by Rick Wallace


Due to snow accumulation, Vashon Pharmacy has delayed the start of the vaccination site until 1pm today. If you have an appointment for today, arrive at the site between 1pm and 3:45pm to receive your vaccination. The site will close at 4pm. An appointment for today is REQUIRED, in order to be seen today. Some changes may be made to traffic management, and delays are likely - please be alert and flexible, to keep volunteers and staff safe. Please don't call the pharmacy. If you can't make it to your appointment, plan to come at the same appointment time, but on Wednesday February 17th.