The Vashon-Maury.com staff have gathered information we feel Vashon Island residents need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here you’ll find information on: vaccines, testing, face coverings, free food, family, financial and personal resources, as well as updates from businesses and The Beachcomber. Take a moment to read through all of the information provided. If you would like to see something added, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Where to Get vaccinated
Washington residents over the age of 16 are and will be eligible for the vaccine at some point in the coming months. The state is currently moving through phase 1A and 1B of the vaccination approach. To see when you will be eligible to receive the vaccine, check the Department of Health’s vaccination approach.
The island has three approved locations. The pharmacy, Sea Mar, and Vashon Natural Medicine. Currently, the Vashon Pharmacy is the only location receiving vaccinations from the state and therefor the only active administration site. They require appointments, which are accessible dependent on vaccination availability.
Continue to monitor the DOH website and the resources available at the pharmacy to get your vaccine as soon as possible.
Where to Get Tested
Vashon Island residents have access to on-island testing through the island Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers. The MRC test at the O Space and take appointments through recommendation from your primary health provider or screening of their own at (844) 469-4554, ext 2, 9 AM – 5 PM daily. MRC will accept insurance, cash, or can cover the fee if you are unable.
Free virtual visits and access to coronavirus testing available at Franciscan and MultiCare.
The Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network Study (SCAN) offers free hand delivered self-administered tests. They will deliver to and pick up from your house and get you results in 24-48 hours.
Additional testing site information available here.
UPDATED COVID HOURS AND RESTRICTIONS
Many Vashon businesses have restrictions during the Covid-19 self quarantine issued by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Get to know what those restrictions are before visiting any of our local businesses.
The staff at Vashon-Maury.com have updated many of the business listings, and the businesses themselves have updated their information as well.
Beachcomber Updates during covid
- King County property values down substantially | King County Assessorby Wire Service on June 1, 2023 at 8:30 pm
The valuation process is still underway, but expect the market to be cooler than last year.
- Stage 1 Burn Ban effective throughout King Countyby Wire Service on June 1, 2023 at 7:25 pm
Beginning June 1, residents are prohibited from burning yard debris or for land debris.
- Bodie Thomas breaks state record at championship meetby Wire Service on June 1, 2023 at 8:30 am
Pirate team finishes strong in Yakima contest.
- Pirates end successful season with 17 wins and 3 lossesby Wire Service on June 1, 2023 at 8:30 am
Standout performances by numerous players put the team over the top.
Masks for Vashon sew and distribute reusable masks for Vashon residents and organizations. You can get yours by donation at the VARSA office at 9920 SW Bank Rd.
Many Vashon businesses, including Thriftway and Island Home Center & Lumber, have masks available for customers upon request.
LINKS TO ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
- Healthier Here Resources Hub – FAQ about COVID-1
- Get tested for Covid-19 with the Vashon MRC
- Read Vashon’s latest the latest Emergency Operations Center Situation Report
- Sign up for breaking Vashon COVID News: VoV Emergency Alert Team emails
- Join the fight: Volunteer & Donate
- Consult VashonBePrepared’s: COVID Resource Center
- Contact the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center.
- Coronavirus Information from Public Health – Seattle and King County
- Anti-Stigma Resources from Public Health – Seattle and King County
- Washington State Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
Island Resources During Covid
ADDITIONAL MEDICAL RESOURCES
A community closet of medical supplies is available at the Vashon Lutheran Church for anyone who needs them.
NeighborCare Health at VHS, Vashon Natural Medicine, as well as dental services remain open.
Unemployment is available for anyone who has lost their job or has had to take time off to self-quarantine or care for a sick relative can. For more information or to apply go here.
Anyone whose job has put them into direct contact with a COVID positive person and has become ill or must quarantine can file for workers comp. For more information or to apply follow the link here.
There are additional work related resources available here.
If you are struggling to make rent or mortgage resources are available through United Way King County, King County, and the CDC.
Student loan deferments and forbearance may be available through application to the US Department of Education.
If you need support paying your utility bills, it is likely your service provider has an aid program available at this time. Puget Sound Energy, Comcast, The Utilities and Transportation Commission and the federal government all provide resources for affected customers.
St. Vincent de Paul Society provides emergency assistance with rent, utilities, food as well as other basic needs. For assistance, reach them at (206) 450-7577.
NOURISHMENT WITHOUT COST
Vashon-Maury Food Bank remains open, offering shopping and delivery options.
Free lunches are handed out every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 5:30 PM at the Methodist church.
Bramble House offers bagged lunches Wednesday through Sunday 11 AM – 1 PM.
Free access to Vashon farm stands is available through VIGAs Food Access Partnership at Forest Garden Farm, Northbourne Farm, Pacific Crest Farm, and La Bionda Farm.
Vashon Island School District offers free breakfast and lunch every school day for anyone between the ages of 3 and 18 years of age and any Special Education students through the age of 21. The district offers delivery or pickup from VHS.
Delivered lunches are available for anyone over the age of 55 through the Vashon Senior Center. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAFE FAMILY RESOURCES
The Vashon DOVE project works tirelessly to assure that our community remains safe from violence and abuse. They offer a wide range of services to support domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Their number is (206) 462-0911.
Beyond Vashon there are resources available through Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.
Planned Parenthood is also available for family planning and health care.
local Facebook groups
Many local Facebook groups have appeared as discussions and information is shared by locals. The most informative have been Quarantined Vashon and Vashon Covid-19 Resources and Updates.