Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Testing Program

If you have questions about testing, have had an exposure to Covid, or have tested positive for Covid, please call MRC at 844-469-4554.  

We can help with contact tracing in partnership with PHSKC (public health of Seattle King County) and can discuss isolation/quarantine strategies and refer you to support services or help you to obtain medical services.

If you have a positive test result, we are here to help, even if MRC did not provide your test. We perform contact tracing in partnership with Public Health Seattle & King County (PHSKC). We can discuss isolation strategies and refer you to support services.


Getting Tested Prior to Medical Procedures

Testing before a medical procedure usually requires a supervised test, usually a PCR test, and a short turnaround time. Proctored (supervised) rapid PCR tests are now available at Vashon Pharmacy. Visit to make an appointment.

Getting Tested for Travel

Airlines and cruise companies have been adapting to this need. For example, a number of travel companies have started offering a supervised telehealth rapid test process from a contractor and you can do those tests from your home. Check with your travel provider to be sure you start your trip with the negative test proof you need to board the plane or ship. Proctored (supervised) rapid PCR tests are now available at Vashon Pharmacy. Visit to make an appointment.

*Includes PCR (e.g., Reverse-Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction - RT-PCR) and Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP)

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Two Main Types of COVID Tests

PCR Test: A PCR test (also sometimes called RT-PCR, qRT-PCR or NAAT) is the gold standard COVID test and requires a testing laboratory. PCR tests are very accurate and are often required for travel or medical procedures. However, they usually take up to three days for results. PCR home test kits are available so you collect yourself and send to a lab by overnight delivery.

Rapid or Antigen Test: These tests resemble at-home pregnancy tests. They are almost as accurate as PCR tests if you have symptoms and you get results in just a few minutes. However, antigen tests are less reliable for those without symptoms. We recommend obtaining a stock of these kits so you can test quickly at home if you have sniffles that might be a cold or allergies.

Some Testing Options

Vashon Pharmacy: Vashon Pharmacy is pleased to now offer additional testing solutions to Vashon island. Vashon Pharmacy offers free rapid-antigen testing and free mail-in PCR tests by appointment.  We also offer fee-for-service options including travel, medical and pre-event PCR testing needs. To schedule an appointment with Vashon Pharmacy, go to their website and choose Covid testing.

Purchased Home Tests: Several over-the-counter antigen tests, including the BinaxNOW test, are now available for purchase. It is also possible to purchase home PCR tests such as the Everlywell kit. Home tests can be purchased at Walgreens, CVS, Amazon, Costco and many other outlets. It’s good to have test kits ready at home in case you wake up with symptoms.

Sea Mar Clinic: Sea Mar provides testing for current patients by appointment only. Limited appointments are available by calling (206) 463-3671. Sea Mar uses a rapid test that is most reliable for symptomatic patients. Sea Mar does not provide testing in advance of medical procedures or travel.

Vashon Natural Medicine: VNM may now perform rapid COVID tests. Contact them to verify.

UW West Seattle: The location is fairly close to the north end ferry terminal at Fauntleroy at 2801 SW Thistle Street (SW Athletic Center) and offers testing by appointment:

Multicare Indigo Acute Care Ruston: This clinic located near the south end ferry terminal at Point Defiance performs an in-house PCR test and often provides results within a few hours.. For symptomatic patients, patients’ insurance will be billed for a medical visit and the test. For others, a $99 fee is charged. Get more information at:

Mainland Healthcare Providers: All the major health care providers such as Kaiser, Swedish, and Multicare do PCR testing. You can make the arrangement by following the instructions they provide on their websites.

Mainland Pharmacies: Many of the chain pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS operate drive up testing sites by appointment. Check with the pharmacies to get information on signing up.