COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Vashon Island

**Vaccine Alert: Tuesday, April 13**
Johnson & Johnson Vaccination Has Been Put on Pause
Vaccinations Continue Today with Substitute Vaccine

Se ha parado el uso de la vacuna de Johnson & Johnson
La campaña de vacunación continúa hoy, usando las otras vacunas.

The CDC and FDA announced early this morning that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for COVID-19 is being put on pause. This is a precautionary step. Out of the millions vaccinated with J&J vaccine in the United States, six cases have been identified with a rare but severe type of blood clot.

Anyone scheduled for vaccination today at the Vashon Pharmacy drive-through site should show up at your scheduled time. A medical expert will be there at check in to answer any questions you may have.

About 70 people were scheduled to receive J&J vaccinations this afternoon at the Vashon Pharmacy drive-through site. If you were one of them, you can still be vaccinated with a different vaccine if you wish. The substitute will be the highly effective Moderna vaccine. Those getting the substitute vaccine will automatically be scheduled for the necessary second dose.

There have been less than 20 J&J vaccinations so far on Vashon and those individuals are being informed directly about the CDC and FDA decision.

Again, the Vashon Pharmacy drive-through vaccination site will operate all day today. All appointments will be honored. If you are scheduled for a J&J vaccine, you will be offered an alternate vaccine and scheduled for a second appointment.
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Se ha parado el uso de la vacuna de Johnson & Johnson
La campaña de vacunación continúa hoy, usando las otras vacunas.

El CDC y la FDA anunciaron muy temprano esta mañana que se ha parado el uso de la vacuna Johnson & Johnson para proteger contra COVID-19. Esta, es nada más una precaución, porque como sabemos, fuera de 6 casos ninguno de los otros millones y millones de personas que se han vacunado en Estados Unidos, han tenido este raro problema de formación de coágulos.

Cualquier persona que tenga cita para vacunarse hoy en la Farmacia de Vashon, debe de ir a su cita. Tendremos un médico experto quien estará ahí para responder a todas sus preguntas.

Hoy por la tarde teníamos 70 personas a quienes se le pondría la vacuna de J & J en el estacionamiento de la Farmacia. Si usted era uno de ellos, por favor no se preocupe, le podemos poner otra vacuna sin ningún problema. En este momento tenemos la vacuna de Moderna. A los que se les ponga esta vacuna se les dará, de manera automática, la fecha para la segunda dosis.

Aquí en Vashon, hasta la fecha, hemos puesto menos de 20 vacunas de J & J y a estas personas se les está informando directamente sobre lo que el CDC y la FDA han decidido hacer.

De nuevo, el sitio de vacunación en la Farmacia de Vashon estará operando el día de hoy. Todas las citas se respetarán. Si a usted le tocaba la vacuna de J & J, se le ofrecerá una vacuna alternativa y se le dará fecha para la segunda dosis.
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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, 2, 3, & 4.
Eligibility will open up to all adults 16+ on April 15.

For full definitions of eligibility, visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/vaccine/distribution.aspx or see the graphic below.

Información en español:  https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/languages/spanish/vaccine/distribution.aspx

Larger version of above graphic available here (and aquí en español).
As of April 15, all adults (16+) will be eligible to be vaccinated in Washington.

Veterans are eligible for vaccination, along with spouses and some caregivers. For more go to VA Puget Sound Health Care System. More information is at the VA.gov site. 

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) at Sunrise Ridge is holding walk-in vaccination clinics when they are allocated vaccine. Check the website and scroll down to see if the Vashon location is open. 

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 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 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. Appointments are currently being taken for vaccinations on and after April 15th, when eligibility opens up to anyone 16+. Seattle appointment portal

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

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, April 13 from the Situation Report:

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine put on hold: Vaccinations were able to continue today at the Vashon Pharmacy drive-through site with an alternate vaccine available for patients who desired it. The CDC and FDA have decided to pause administration of the J&J vaccine nationwide; the federal announcement came early this morning and WA Department of Health joined the pause later in the day. The precautionary step was taken because six cases have been identified in the U.S. with patients affected by a severe type of blood clot problem. However, nearly seven million J&J vaccinations have taken place in the U.S., so the potential side effect was described by officials as extremely rare and still under investigation. Fewer than 20 people on Vashon have received the J&J vaccine from the Vashon Pharmacy drive-through site and none at Sea Mar, although a number of Vashon residents probably received J&J doses at off-island vaccination providers. There were roughly six dozen people scheduled for J&J vaccinations today, and they were offered Moderna as a replacement so their vaccinations could go ahead. They were automatically booked for the necessary second dose appointments.

The Overview: Vaccination availability on the island has been moderate this week at both of the active vaccination providers.  On Thursday, demand will ramp up when nearly all restrictions are removed and everyone 16 years or older becomes eligible. However, it will be important to bear in mind that eligibility does not equal vaccine supply, and demand will probably far exceed the available doses at first.

Vaccination eligibility for Washington State currently includes those in tiers 1a, 1b1, 1b2, 1b3 and 1b4.  Vaccination eligibility will expand on April 15 to include all persons 16 and older.  For full definitions of eligibility, visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/vaccine/distribution.aspx

Sea Mar: The Sunrise Ridge clinic has been holding walk-up vaccination clinics every day this week, and hopes to continue at that daily pace. Check day-to-day availability at https://seamar.org/covid-vaccine. Sea Mar has set aside vaccine for all currently booked second dose appointments. Sea Mar asks that you not show up any earlier than 6:00am. Arriving patients are registered and given a place in line for the day. To avoid long outdoor wait times, when patients are registered they are given a time to come back or they are asked to wait in their cars until they receive a phone call to come into the clinic to have their vaccine administered.

Vashon Pharmacy: Despite the news about J&J vaccinations being put on hold, the drive-through site was continuing with a good flow of injections. Most people opted in to the offer of substituting Moderna vaccine for the previously scheduled J&J vaccine. The vaccination appointment registration system was open last night, and the next operational drive-through vaccination day on Saturday is heavily booked.

Reminder About Young People: A protocol has been established at the drive-through site to maintain safety when young people are being vaccinated. People 21 years and younger are more prone to fainting than other age groups. So, the normal drive-through process was modified so they would not be in the driver's seat after vaccination. At the Vashon Pharmacy drive-through site:
  • 16 and 17 year olds must have parental consent and be driven to the site to go through the drive-through line.
  • 18-21 year olds do not need consent or driver, but if they arrive driving solo they will be vaccinated in a designated area, not in the drive-through line.

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, until the Vashon sites are back in action. 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.

Phase Finder, Washington State’s online vaccine eligibility tool, is no longer be required to verify COVID-19 vaccine eligibility effective March 31.  That means that people who want a vaccine should check DOH’s prioritization guidance webpage to see when they are eligible to get vaccinated. https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/VaccineInformation/AllocationandPrioritization

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“The best choice of the vaccine is the one that's available,” said Dr. Scott Lindquist, state Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases. The single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine should start arriving in some areas of the country this week, with Washington state expecting over 60,000 doses. Studies show the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is slightly less effective in preventing mild illness than Moderna and Pfizer, but it's still a powerful tool that doctors say will save lives and is comparable as the first two vaccines in preventing severe illness. For now, most people will not have a choice which vaccine they receive. “If you are eligible, and you have an opportunity to get the vaccine, and you have an appointment, get the vaccine regardless of which vaccine it is,” advised Washington’s Secretary of Health, Dr. Umair Shah.  "All three of them are really quite good, and people should take the one that's most available to them," Dr. Anthony Fauci said.  For more information on the vaccines visit https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/covid-19-vaccine-comparison

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.