COVID-19 Vashon Situation Report
The Vashon Emergency Operations Center produces this briefing for our emergency workers and for the community. The situation report is published Tuesday and Friday and includes information on Vashon community response actions and support.
Vashon Vaccine Availability:
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.
Current Virus Statistics:
Vashon Island COVID-19 Case Count as of 2/23/21:*
- 104 confirmed positive cases, 0 new cases since last Situation Report on Friday
- Date of last positive test: February 14
- 0 new positives in past 7 days and 1 positives in the past 14 days
- 3 people have been hospitalized. Date of last hospitalization: December 28
- 2 Vashon deaths per the King County dashboard, last death reported 1/1/21
King County COVID-19 Case Count as of 2/23/21:*
- 81,379 confirmed positive cases, 520 new since last Situation Report on Friday
- 1,357 deaths, 12 new since last Situation Report on Friday
Washington State COVID-19 Case Count as of 2/21/21:*
- 334,962 confirmed positive cases, 1,058 new since last Situation Report on Friday
- 4,857 deaths, 35 since last Situation Report on Friday
*Note 1: The statistics above are from the Public Health – Seattle & King County dashboard as of the date listed. Numbers may not be complete, as data processing lags and the actual number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths may not yet match the dashboard.
Note 2: Federal law prohibits Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC) from releasing the names of patients (HIPAA Act). For consistency of day-to-day data reporting for Vashon, the EOC uses only the Zip code data from the Public Health – Seattle & King County dashboard
Get both COVID-19 vaccine doses for the most protection. There are only two COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States, Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, and each brand requires two doses to give you the best protection. The COVID-19 vaccines teach your immune system to recognize the coronavirus. When you get the vaccine, your immune system makes antibodies or “fighter cells” that stay in your body to protect you from the virus. As a result, you get protection against the disease without getting sick. The first dose of the vaccine helps your body start making antibodies and provides some protection against COVID-19. The second dose gives your body another opportunity to build even more antibodies to fight the virus. It is very important to get both doses so you have enough antibodies to fight the virus if you get infected. You need to wait three weeks (21 days) between the first and second doses if you receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and 1 month (28 days) between doses for the Moderna vaccine. Plan your second shot as close as possible to the recommended time above, but no sooner. https://medium.com/wadepthealth/two-doses-are-key-e9dab53f36da
Reminder for the health and safety of yourselves and others, even after receiving your first and second vaccine dose:
- We all will still need to mask up
- We’ll still potentially be vulnerable to any mutated variants of the virus
- We’ll still potentially be able to spread the virus to others
- The vaccine is highly effective, but some people may still get infected, most likely with mild illness
New Developments since Last Report:
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) along with Public Health – Seattle & King County and the UW Medicine Virology Lab, reported that the B.1.351 variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been detected here in King County. The variant, initially identified in South Africa, was detected yesterday through genomic sequencing at the UW Medicine Virology Laboratory. At the same time, a virology lab found evidence of 19 additional cases of the B.1.1.7 variant strain in Washington state, first identified in the United Kingdom. “The detection of these COVID-19 variants in our state reminds us that this pandemic is not over. Despite the decrease in our case count, we are very concerned about the emergence of these variants and how it will affect future case counts. As a community, we need to redouble our efforts to prevent the spread of this virus and its variants by following public health guidance,” said Acting State Health Officer Scott Lindquist, MD, MPH. https://www.doh.wa.gov/Newsroom/Articles/ID/2639/First-case-of-B1351-variant-identified-in-Washington-State-as-cases-of-B117-increase
Misinformation can spread fast in a digital world. The Washington State Department of Health has established a COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions hub, which should be your first stop when you have a question. The hub provides answers to some of the most frequent questions heard from people throughout the state. To take the guesswork out of vaccination information, the hub answers are based on the most reliable and up to date science. Visit: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/VaccineInformation/FrequentlyAskedQuestions#heading62073
An earthquake warning test will be run on Thursday, February 25, at 11:00am. The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) test message will run on your wireless devices if you sign up to participate in the test alert. Washington Emergency Management Division and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will test the alert system on the 20th anniversary of the 6.8 Nisqually earthquake in 2001. To receive the test messages, mobile phone users must opt-in. Most newer Apple and Android phones have the option to receive WEA 2.0 and WEA 3.0 test messages. Do not assume that your carrier has opted in for you. For directions on how to opt-in, visit mil.wa.gov/alerts or check with your cell phone carrier.
Evidence on vaccination efficacy is emerging that vaccination efforts are significantly reducing the risk of both severe COVID-19 disease and transmission. A study by Public Health England found that the risk of COVID-19 disease among healthcare workers decreased by 65 to 72% after the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and more than 85% after the second dose. Similar data has been reported from Public Health Scotland and Israel’s Ministry of Health. These reports provide some of the earliest evidence demonstrating the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines’ effect on transmission. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-real-world-uk-data-shows-pfizer-biontech-vaccine-provides-high-levels-of-protection-from-the-first-dose
CDC COVID-19 Response Team published data on vaccine safety monitoring in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The study reviewed safety monitoring data for the first month that Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were being administered in the US from December 14, 2020, to January 13, 2021. During this period, 13.8 million doses of vaccine were administered, and there were 6,994 post-vaccination adverse events reported. The most common symptoms were headache (22.4%), fatigue (16.5%), and dizziness (16.5%). Anaphylactic reactions were reported in approximately 4.5 out of every million vaccinations, which is similar to the rate expected for inactivated seasonal influenza vaccines. Adverse events were more likely to be reported after an individual’s second dose than their first dose. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7008e3.htm
WA COVID Vaccine Finder (CovidWA.com) is a volunteer-driven effort to help Washingtonians find appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine by listing which sites currently have vaccine available. Before booking an appointment through the vaccine finder site, you MUST confirm your eligibility with the Washington State Vaccine Phase Finder at findyourphasewa.org.
Pfizer and Moderna project a major increase in vaccine deliveries that will result in 140 million more doses over the next five weeks, saying they have solved manufacturing challenges. The Biden administration told governors Tuesday that doses allotted to states would grow from 13.5 million to 14.5 million per week, and it also directed 2.1 million doses to pharmacies. CDC data indicates that about 75 million doses had been delivered as of Monday — about 10 million fewer doses than the companies said in their prepared testimony that they have provided.
Progress on Community Support Operations:
Emergency Operations Center (EOC): Four operational priorities established by the Incident Commander, Fire Chief Charlie Krimmert, and approved by the VashonBePrepared Board, continue to guide our work: health, food security, housing security and economic recovery. The EOC and other elements of our island emergency response coalition were activated in response to the pandemic emergency on March 12th, almost 50 weeks ago (349 days).
EOC/MRC/CERT: Much work continues to coordinate the effort to operate the drive-through vaccination site at Vashon Pharmacy and the COVID-19 testing site at O Space.
A volunteer from the EOC Community Operations Section has been assigned to identify efficiencies to improve the sustainability of the Pharmacy's participation in the drive-through vaccination operation. The step is being taken because operating the vaccination site has put a significant strain on the pharmacy staff as well as business operations and finances.
CERT and MRC leaders have been working closely with the Pharmacy to coordinate daily volunteer work schedules as the supply of vaccine has ebbed and flowed in response to the national and state vaccine distribution uncertainties.
Support from the EOC Situation Section and the EOC Public Information Unit, in collaboration with Voice of Vashon, has been helping keep the public informed on vaccination availability at both the Pharmacy and the Sea Mar clinic.
EOC Logistics and CERT/MRC Operations are studying traffic flow options for when the existing patient reception/staging area needs to move to a different location.
VIFR/VashonBePrepared/King County Office of Emergency Management: A meeting today took another step towards a formal agreement that will clarify legal responsibilities and financial mechanisms in the event of a future emergency activation on Vashon. The agreement will formalize existing verbal understandings about provision of community support such as food and shelter, and embodies lessons learned from the nearly year-long activation for emergency response to the pandemic.
Volunteers: Hours contributed by volunteers in the VashonBePrepared coalition continue to run at a high level. For the most recent reporting period, 41 volunteers contributed 489 hours of work to VashonBePrepared's pandemic emergency response. That brings the total contributed hours to just under 24,000 since the activation began. At the FEMA reimbursement grant rate of $31.72/hour, VashonBePrepared volunteers have logged more than $761,000 of in-kind value available to be applied to the 25% match requirement for reimbursement grants. The total includes hours contributed by the Vashon EOC Team, Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), and Community Care Team (CCT). The total doesn’t include Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) hours; the considerable hours by CERT are logged using a separate system. VashonBePrepared gives thanks as well for the many hours of extra work logged during the pandemic in support of the Vashon community, by the staff and volunteers at local social services agencies.