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

How do I know when I'm eligible to be vaccinated?

Washington State Department of Health has an online tool that will tell you if you are currently eligible for the vaccine, and if you are not yet eligible, will take your contact information to tell you when you become eligible. You can use the form to determine if you are currently eligible without entering your contact information as well. See below for more information on the survey.  FindYourPhaseWA.org
Washington state is currently vaccinating people in Phase 1A or Phase 1B, Tier 1. 
The vaccine is available to anyone 65 and older, and all people 50 and older who also live in a multigenerational household. This is in addition to populations eligible during phase 1A including health care workers at high risk for COVID-19 infection, first responders, people who live or work in long-term care facilities, and all other workers in health settings who are at risk of COVID-19.

What does multigenerational household mean?  Some confusion has arisen over what the Department of Health means by multigenerational in the new eligibility criteria.  It is defined as a household where individuals from 2 or more generations live together.  People 50 years and older in a multigenerational (2 or more generations) household - These individuals would be at risk either due to:

  • Vulnerability – specifically, an older adult or elder who cannot live independently and is being cared for by a relative or in-home caregiver or being cared for by someone who works outside the home
  • Risk of exposure – specifically, an older adult or elder who is living with and taking care of kinship (along the lines of a grandparent with a grandchild)
  • This group does not include an older adult who is able to live independently and is taking care of the individual’s kinship/children.

    Visit:  https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/VaccinationPhasesInfographic.pdf

Where can I get vaccinated on Vashon?

Vashon Pharmacy is providing drive-through vaccinations by appointment only. Check VashonPharmacy.com/covid to see if they are currently taking appointments; if so, that is also the place to be screened and get a time slot. If you cannot access a computer, call during Pharmacy open hours to make an appointment: 206-463-9118, Option 9, 9am to 7pm. See below for more details on their process and vaccine status. For a preview of what you will be asked when you sign up, see this PDF.

Sea Mar (SeaMar.org/covid-vaccine) and Vashon Natural Medicine (VashonNaturalMed.com) are trying to provide vaccinations to their patients, based on vaccine allocations from the state. Please see more information below and check their websites.

Sign up to receive emails of the Situation Reports and occasional updates on vaccine sign-up 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 being planned by King County for February. Washington State Department of Health is keeping an official list of locations providing vaccines here:  https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization/VaccineLocations
This new site lists vaccination sites and shows which have vaccine available:  https://www.covidwa.com

Check with your health care provider if you are eligible. Also, checking websites frequently and following relevant organizations on social media may provide timely information for when vaccines become available. Timing is critical, as appointments tend to fill up quickly. 

What else do I need to know about getting vaccinated?

You cannot get the COVID-19 vaccines within 2 weeks (before or after) of receiving any other vaccine, including flu shots. So plan to get your flu vaccine right away if you aren't currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

More Details:

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

Updated Tuesday, February 23 from the Situation Report:

The Overview: This week, the island will be receiving roughly twice the doses received in any previous week. However, most of the injections will be for second doses. Second doses take priority this week because the clock is ticking to complete vaccination courses before the required deadline. Much of the vaccine arriving this week was originally scheduled for last week, but was delayed by severe weather snarling the country’s transportation systems, thus requiring rescheduling of hundreds of vaccination appointments on Vashon. 

Overall Vaccination Progress: By the end of last week, the island's registered vaccination providers had administered over 2,800 first vaccination doses. All of the vaccinations so far have been done at the Vashon Pharmacy drive-through site or at the Sea Mar clinic. The total number of first dose vaccinations at island vaccination points equals nearly one-third of the adult population of the island, based on the latest Vashon EOC tracking.  The Public Health dashboard reports nearly 85% of Vashon residents 65 or older have received at least one vaccination dose.  That compares to other King County regions, which are in the range of 43% to 58% first dose vaccination of residents 65 or older, about 30 to 40 points behind Vashon. 

VashonBePrepared continues to support the three providers who are approved by the state to do vaccinations on Vashon. They are Vashon Pharmacy, Sea Mar at Sunrise Ridge, and Vashon Natural Medicine. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) recommends that you check the following four websites to see if there is updated information beyond what we compile in these Situation Reports, which are published Tuesday and Friday.

Vashon Pharmacy: Virtually all of the Pharmacy drive-through vaccinations this week are for second doses, potentially more than 1,600 of them, a mix of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. As indicated above, much of this week’s schedule was supposed to take place last week, but had to be rescheduled because shipments were delayed by weather. MRC and CERT volunteer shifts were expanded this week to handle the largest number of projected vaccination injections since the drive-through site opened. The current one-day record for injections will likely be surpassed this week, since two days have 280 injection appointments scheduled, which is 40 more than the previous one-day record. The appointment reservation web page will not be opened this week, since no first doses will be available. 

Sea Mar at Sunrise Ridge: Sea Mar received 300 doses of Moderna vaccine this week, which will be devoted entirely to second dose needs of patients who had previously been vaccinated at the clinic. However, the clinic indicates there is a possibility of receiving a shipment of additional doses that may become available for first dose use. Notice of vaccine availability at the Sea Mar walk-up clinic will be posted at: https://seamar.org/covid-vaccine

Vashon Natural Medicine: VNM reports that it has been told it will not receive any shipments until the vaccine is available in much greater supply. The Vashon Natural Medicine website directs patients to Vashon Pharmacy. 

Understanding Phase Finder & Vaccine Distribution.  Washington recently introduced Phase Finder, an online tool that determines if you’re currently eligible to receive the vaccine.  With limited vaccine supplies, high demand and a new scheduling system with an unprecedented amount of web traffic presented some new challenges to the rollout of the online tool.  Phase Finder is still a great tool to get vaccine assistance and information.  https://medium.com/wadepthealth/understanding-phase-finder-vaccine-distribution-581d873bdd9d    

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, January 2021. Photos by Michelle Bates


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.