COVID-19 Resources

Vashon’s COVID response & recovery efforts moved to standby/monitoring mode at the end of June 2021. See the info cards below for current, accurate pandemic information. (Older, outdated content has been moved to Old Home page and Old Resource Center if you need.)

Friday, August 5, 2022:  VashonBePrepared Weekly Newsletter (web link • newsletter version):

  • COVID Isolation: When Is It Okay to Emerge?
  • Omicron Vaccine Tune-Up: September Timing
  • For the Truly Immunocompromised: Evusheld
  • Expanded Telehealth Options for All
  • That Was Not the Last Heat Wave: Heat Health Action Steps
  • Latest Vashon COVID Statistics

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  • Aislamiento por COVID: ¿Cuándo está bien empezar a salir?
  • Nueva Vacuna de Ómicron: Para septiembre
  • Para los que están realmente inmunocomprometidos: Evusheld
  • Servicio de telesalud gratuito, para todos
  • Esta no ha sido la última ola de calor: Pasos para protegerse
  • Ultimas Estadisticas de COVID en Vashon
 

I Need a Vaccination
COVID Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccinations are available free on the island at Vashon Pharmacy and Sea Mar at Sunrise Ridge, as well as other locations off-island.

I Need a COVID Test
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COVID-19 testing is available on and off of Vashon for people with symptoms or exposures, or if testing is needed for jobs or travel.

I Need Information

Current information about the pandemic, including data dashboards, vaccine resources, and much more, is available here via links to the King and Pierce Counties and Washington State public health departments, the CDC website and more.

I Need Help
Resources Available

Resources are available for the Vashon community and businesses still affected by the pandemic. Several local organizations and the Chamber of Commerce can help.

What Happened

View every Situation Report from the COVID-19 emergency activation, along with images, an archive history timeline and some writings inspired by the moment.

Get Alerts
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Sign up for a variety of alert services, including Voice Of Vashon's, and other sources of reliable information.

Get Prepared

Does your family & business have a communications plan? That is just one of a number of easy steps to enhance your safety & preparedness for any incident. Learn more by looking at our preparation information.

About Us
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VashonBePrepared is a coalition of some 10 disaster preparedness organizations on Vashon-Maury Island in Washington's Puget Sound region. Incorporated in 2007 we now work closely under Vashon Fire, King County of Emergency Management and support our partners' nearly 400 active volunteers.

I Want to Help Out

VashonBePrepared provides training and educational opportunities to keep the island community prepared for the next emergency. See opportunities to get involved or donate.

Latest Updates

VashonBePrepared Statement For Racial Equality

Jun 8

Written by:
6/8/2020 1:53 PM  RssIcon

The following statement has been approved by a majority of VashonBePrepared Board Members. Thanks to our President Vicky de Monterey Richoux for crafting this.

In recent weeks we've witnessed devastating news of yet more innocent Black people being killed by police. Use of undue force has been used against peaceful protestors while they were exercising their First Amendment rights, further inflaming the situation. These events occur not in a time of relative political, economic, and social ease, but after months of fears, tensions, illnesses and deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Systemic racism combines with the COVID-19 pandemic, or any type of disaster, to result in far more dire outcomes for people of color, including:

  • History shows that, following any disaster, our most vulnerable neighbors are affected first and worst.
  • In King county, Blacks, indigenous people, and people of color (BIPOC) are sickening and dying in disproportionate numbers. Health disparities of race and place over many decades have set the stage for worse health outcomes from the novel coronavirus.
  • In addition to suffering disproportionate job losses, people of color more often hold 'essential' jobs that require in-person work, which puts them at far greater danger of contracting COVID- 19.

Rather than pull up the drawbridge, volunteers in Vashon’s preparedness community have extended their hands: the Medical Reserve Corps' Rural Test and Trace Toolkit has been shared to other rural and tribal communities around Washington state and beyond, and the testing program here on Vashon is available to all, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Other volunteers on the Emergency Operations team have made pointed efforts to aid groups of our fellow residents who may experience barriers to communication and assistance, such as Latinx neighbors and people with low- or no digital access. The Emergency Operations team has prioritized getting information and aid to renters, families suffering food scarcity and housing insecurity, struggling small businesses and laid-off employees, and isolated elders. The Situation Reports published on the website now regularly include information on demographic disparities relating to the pandemic. Vashon’s preparedness leaders are making plans to provide training to all preparedness volunteers, in diversity, inclusion, and equity.

But there’s still much work ahead. Beyond posting hashtags on social media or making donations in the moment, we each face the sometimes uncomfortable task of learning and confronting our own implicit biases. In redressing racism, people with greater privilege are obligated to continue speaking up on behalf of others with less voice, working for broader inclusion, and insisting on equal justice for all. That ongoing work is perhaps the ultimate expression of VashonBePrepared's motto, 'Neighbors Helping Neighbors'.

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