COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Vashon Island

**Friday, May 7 - Vaccine Alert**

Vaccination -- No Appointment Needed All Day Tomorrow!

¡Vacúnese – Mañana no se requiere cita!

All day tomorrow, Saturday, you can just walk up to the white vaccination tents outside Vashon Pharmacy and get a free vaccination. You don't even need an appointment. Just go to the check in table. You'll fill out a form and get your shot.

If you already have an appointment for tomorrow and you are coming by car, go to the alley behind the movie theater and you will be directed. You can also park somewhere in the area and walk up to the vaccination tents if you have an appointment.
If you need to make an appointment, you can do that too. Go to VashonPharmacy.com/COVID and check out what days are available. Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays are available until those slots are filled. In addition there are often extra days when vaccination is available.

Keep an eye on the weather. It's quite possible you will be vaccinated outdoors under the tents. So, bring a jacket or rain protection.

COVID-19 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.

¡Vacúnese – Mañana no se requiere de cita!
Ahora se puede vacunar de una manera más conveniente – 
y es gratis 

 
¡Vacúnese – Mañana no se requiere cita!

Ahora se puede vacunar de una manera más conveniente – y es gratis 
 
Mañana sábado, todo el día, se podrá vacunar en la farmacia de Vashon sin cita. 
Lo único que tiene que hacer es ir a la carpa o tienda blanca que está en el estacionamiento de la farmacia, llenar una forma y le pondrán la vacuna. 
 
Si usted ya tiene una cita para mañana, por favor llegue a la hora que le toca y entre por el callejón entre el banco y el cine. Al llegar, siga las direcciones para llegar a la carpa o tienda, ya sea en su auto o a pie, si decide estacionarse en la calle. Si usted prefiere o necesita hacer una cita, también lo puede hacer así, usando el enlace: VashonPharmacy.com/COVID y checando que días y horas están libres. Todos los martes, jueves y sábados estarán disponibles hasta que se llenen todas las citas. También recuerden que hay otros días en los que hay vacunas disponibles, porque hay gente que no llegó a su cita. 
 
Recuerde que estas vacunas se ponen fuera de la farmacia, así que será importante mantenerse informado del clima y, de ser necesario, traiga una chamarra para protegerse de la lluvia y el viento.
 
Las vacunas de COVID-19 son gratis para todos. Le van a pedir información sobre su seguro o aseguranza de salud, pero no hay que pagar nada. Si usted no tiene seguro, el costo está cubierto y no se le cobrará nada a usted.


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 16 years and older. 
​For 16- & 17-year olds, the Pfizer vaccine is the only option currently approved for use in the U.S. 

Studies are underway for 12- to 15-year-olds. They will be the next group to have access to vaccination, possibly in early May.

Veterans are 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 three weeks apart, and is approved for those 16 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. Call the Pharmacy and leave a message with the type of vaccine you received for your first dose and the date received, and they will schedule you a 2nd dose appointment. 206-463-9118 and select option 9.

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. 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.

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

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. 

More Details:

To receive information about vaccine availability via email, sign up here:  www.VoiceOfVashon.org/alertsignup

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.

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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


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.