Where can I get vaccinated on Vashon?
Vashon Pharmacy is providing drive-through or walk-up vaccinations by appointment. Beginning on May 6th, it will also offer walk-up vaccine clinics with no appointment necessary on Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays. Check VashonPharmacy.com/covid. The site is currently open for making appointments most of the time due to more regular vaccine availability. If you cannot access a computer, call during Pharmacy open hours to make an appointment: 206-463-9118, Option 9, 9am to 7pm or take advantage of the new walk-in clinics. See below for more details on their process and vaccine status. For a preview of what you will be asked when you sign up for an appointment, see this PDF.
Sea Mar (SeaMar.org/covid-vaccine) at Sunrise Ridge is holding walk-in vaccination clinics most 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.
Vashon Natural Medicine (VashonNaturalMed.com) has not yet received any vaccine allocations.
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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.gov, https://www.covidwa.com, and https://www.vaccinespotter.org/WA
Vashon residents are eligible to be vaccinated at Seattle's mass vaccination sites, including the one in West Seattle 1.5 miles from the ferry terminal. Seattle appointment portal
What else do I need to know about getting vaccinated?
You cannot get a COVID-19 vaccine within 2 weeks (before or after) of receiving any other vaccine.
Pfizer's vaccine is currently the only one approved for use for 16- and 17-year-olds.
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Updated Tuesday, May 4 from the Situation Report:
The Overview: Both of the island's active vaccination providers have been working to pivot in response to the trend of declining demand for vaccination at the same time that vaccine supplies have been readily available. For some weeks, one or the other or both of the island's two active providers have been providing at least some vaccine doses each day, Monday through Saturday. They both plan to continue that level of service.
Free: All vaccinations are free to all. You'll be asked for insurance information if you have it, but there's no co-pay. If you do not have insurance, the cost is covered anyway and you will not be charged.
12- to 15-Year Olds: The FDA will likely authorize Pfizer vaccine for this new younger age group, possibly as soon as this coming week. Plans are in the works to provide vaccinations for this age group at McMurray Middle School and Vashon High School. The timing of these school-based vaccination clinics will be announced soon, pending availability of vaccine and following final FDA authorization.
Vashon Pharmacy: The Pharmacy site begins vaccination this week for people who just walk up with no appointment. Check in at the Pharmacy vaccination tents any Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday from 9:00am to 4:00pm for a no-appointment-required vaccination. If you prefer to make an appointment, you can go to the schedule page at VashonPharmacy.com/COVID. It's wide open most days, with none of the computer traffic jams of a few months ago. Those arriving with appointments by car should check for signs at the alley entrance and at the welcome tent in the movie theater parking lot. Depending on the day's work load, arrivals may be directed through a drive-through vaccination process, or they may be asked to park somewhere in the area and go on foot to the vaccination site next to the Pharmacy. Again, vaccinations are free to all.
Sea Mar Clinic: The clinic at Sunrise Ridge also will vaccinate walk-ups without an appointment most weekdays. You can check availability on the Sea Mar website daily to find out what vaccine is on offer, and to make sure they'll be open: SeaMar.org/COVID-Vaccine. If you'd like to make an appointment, you can do it by calling Sunrise Ridge clinic at (206) 463-3671, or you can stop by in person to make an appointment. Like the Pharmacy, there's no charge. They will take your insurance information and there's no co-pay. If you don't have insurance, the federal government covers the cost.
Second dose appointments can be made at Vashon Pharmacy for those that received their first shot off-island. To make an appointment, call the Pharmacy at 206-463-9118 and select option 9 to leave a message for an appointment; include which vaccine you received for your first dose. Do not use the online portal for second dose appointments. Make sure your appointment is the appropriate time from the first dose, three weeks for Pfizer and four weeks for Moderna. If you received your first dose at the Pharmacy, you already have an appointment scheduled. For all second-dose appointments, bring your vaccine card with you.
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) recommends that you check the following four websites to see if there is updated information about local vaccination opportunities, beyond what we compile in these Situation Reports which are published on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Going off Island for Vaccination: A number of sites within driving distance are accepting appointments from residents in King, Pierce and Kitsap counties. Here are some websites to check for vaccination opportunities:
Each of these sources lists some potential vaccination locations within a few miles of the mainland ferry docks. Check these websites frequently and refresh your browser to find the most convenient location for you. Also, keep in mind that your mainland healthcare provider may be a vaccination resource (CHI Franciscan, Multicare, Kaiser, etc.). And all patients enrolled in the Veterans Administration system are eligible at VA facilities.
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