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 Friday, February 26 from the Situation Report:

The Overview: Vaccination availability looks strong for next week, but will still be mostly devoted to second doses. It appears that there will be some limited first dose opportunities at both the Vashon Pharmacy and Sea Mar Sunrise Ridge sites.

Overall Vaccination Progress: The data dashboard by Public Health -- Seattle and King County (PHSKC) indicates that roughly one-third of the islands over 16 year old population has received at least one dose. More than 90% of the current high priority group of seniors age 65 and over (tier 1b1) has received at least one dose according to Public Health. This vaccination rate is running far ahead of other areas of King County. By comparison, other communities in the county are in the 14% to 18% vaccinated range, about half of Vashon's rate. Other areas are in the 45% to 60% range for their 1b1 population, 30 to 45 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: Early notification has been received that second doses of vaccine will be coming next week. That means, if all goes well and the shipments arrive as promised, there will not be any need to change second dose appointments next week. In addition, there may be doses remaining to do some small number of first doses for people in the 1b1 priority category this coming week. Plans will be finalized over the weekend pending vaccine shipment arrival expected Monday morning. If there is an opportunity for new first dose appointments it will be announced on the VashonPharmacy appointment website (VashonPharmacy.com/covid) and through a message on the Voice of Vashon Emergency Alert Service via email, Facebook and 1650AM.

Sea Mar at Sunrise Ridge: Sea Mar held a first-come-first-served walk up clinic for first doses this morning, dispensing Pfizer vaccine injections. There will be another limited clinic tomorrow morning. The total doses for the two days will be less than 150. Sea Mar asks patients not to line up before 6:00am. To reduce the need for lines at the doors, patients will be given times to come back later in the day.

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.

Washington State’s vaccination program is currently averaging 25,346 doses given each day. On Feb. 11, the vaccination centers set a record, administering 44,872 doses in a single day, which is the DOH goal of vaccinating 45,000 people per day.  Washington’s 3-week allocation forecast from the federal government continues to increase.This information allows DOH to develop a multi-week strategy that helps with consistency and predictability. As of Feb. 22, more than 1,411,453 doses of vaccine have been given across the state.  https://www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/Articles/ID/2647/COVID-19-vaccine-distribution-update-from-the-Washington-State-Department-of-Health

A third vaccine will be coming to Washington in March if the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) grants Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Johnson & Johnson – Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.  The FDA independent advisory committee will meet Friday to review the EUA application.  If the EUA is granted, the vaccine will be further vetted by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Scientific Safety Review Workgroup as part of the Western States Pact.  The Scientific Safety Review Workgroup includes experts appointed by Washington state, other member states, and nationally recognized scientists with expertise in infectious diseases, immunization, and public health.  The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose, which will help people get protected against COVID-19 without having to worry about finding or scheduling an appointment for a second dose.  If granted authorization, Washington will likely be allocated 60,900 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine next week.

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.