January 22, 2021

Covid vaccine update from Presentative Macri
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I’m sending this quick update to help make sure you have the most up to date information about COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration in our state. There have been bumps along the way in the initial efforts to begin vaccinating Washingtonians, which I know is very frustrating and confusing. I hope you’ll find this information helpful.

What is the plan for distributing and administering COVID-19 vaccines in Washington?

Vaccines are being administered in phases. As of 1/18/21, we are currently in Phase 1B-Tier 1.
This visual timeline shows phase 1a and phase 1b and the estimated dates for each.
Current vaccine phase January 22
When and where can I get vaccinated?

Visit the Phase Finder website and fill out a questionnaire to determine what Phase you qualify for. You can choose to be notified when your Phase is activated. The notification will also include information about where you can receive the vaccine locally.
Contact your healthcare provider to find out when and where you can receive the vaccine, or check out vaccine locations near you.
Will I be charged for the vaccine?

The vaccine will be fully covered by the federal government without cost-sharing. This means you should not receive a bill for the vaccine or related services from the provider. This applies to people who are covered by private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and for those who do not have insurance. Providers are prohibited from charging patients who do not have coverage and/or cannot pay for administration of a COVID-19 vaccine.
You should not be charged for an office visit if you only receive the vaccine. If other services are performed along with the administration of the vaccine, it may be billed as an office visit. Seek clarification from your provider beforehand and from your insurance company if you are charged an office visit fee.
We are committed to getting everyone in our state vaccinated, but it will take time.

I know it is frustrating for those who cannot get an appointment right away, or for those who must wait until the state moves to future phases. It is important that only people in phases 1A and phase 1B-Tier 1 try to sign up for a vaccine appointment at this time, so pharmacies, clinics and hospitals can focus on vaccinating those who are eligible now.
There will be broad public announcements when we are ready to start the next phase, including efforts to reach out to hard-to-reach and traditionally underserved communities. Thank you for your patience as we work to get millions of people across the state vaccinated.

Please donate to the University District Food Bank. ECC thanks the participating businesses.

A collection barrel is now in place at Pete’s Supermarket and Wine Shop (58 E. Lynn Street), and will remain until shortly after New Year’s Day.

Collection barrels will be in place Dec. 1-18 at the Eastlake Coffee Cafe (2245 Eastlake Ave E.) and Otter Bar and Burger (2379 Eastlake Ave E.).

A collection barrel will be in place at Lake Union Mail (117 E. Louisa St.) after Christmas and remain through much of the coming year.

Needed food items include canned fruit; chicken, tuna, and salmon; soups and stews; peanut or other nut butters; shelf stable milk and alternatives; cereal; cooking oil; and baby formula. Also needed are toiletries (bar soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, safety razors, shaving cream, etc.), diapers (especially for older babies), reusable shopping bags, and pet food.

The Food Bank has resourcefully adapted to the challenge of COVID-19 (for a video, click here). To accommodate the increased need, an additional 10 hours of service weekly have been added. To replace the half of existing volunteers who were at risk, new volunteers and paid staff are now in place. Volunteers now shop for customers based on their preferences. The Home Delivery program has added a second day to accommodate the near tripling to 500 home customers.

For more than 37 years the University District Food Bank has provided free and nutritious food to anyone who is hungry and resides in Eastlake’s zip code, 98102, or in other northeast Seattle zip codes. Funds are also needed. To donate on-line, click here. Checks may also be sent by U.S. mail or dropped off to the U District Food Bank at 5017 Roosevelt Way, Seattle 98105. Please help the less fortunate!

Update on Sept.16 ECC meeting with City officials President’s message:

Thanks to all of you who joined us for the Sept 16th meeting with Bobby Lee, Director of the Office of Economic Development and Andres Mantilla, Director of the Department of Neighborhoods.

Creating good working relationships with City departments has been a goal for this year and we were pleased that this meeting could come together.

The RRJ line question was answered—-no news. However this week SDOT did announce that they have decided that the J line will begin at the University, rather than 70th, and continue downtown. Steve Dunphy did a great job of covering this on our blog at

Here are a few other key points from the meeting:
• Our need for a community center got attention and some creative ideas.

• The gift of having a P-Patch in Eastlake was discussed. Andres was especially proud of what these great gardens bring to a community.

• The need for engagement, creating an Eastlake identity, and developing a clear plan for the future were additional take-a-ways. Involving our businesses and building owners in the conversation will be an important.

As we head into planning for 2021 we will be asking you for input about what is important to you about your Eastlake experience. In January we kicked off the year with a meeting that asked that very question and we be using that information and asking for more. You can send your ideas at any time to

A reminder that our Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom on Oct 6. Ballots for the election to the board have gone out we look forward to a record response. We will be sending Zoom invitations to current members on Sept 29th.

Detra Segar

Seattle Public Safety Survey Seattle University is administering the 6th annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey, which is accessible at until November 30th (available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese). The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to help them better understand your neighborhood’s safety and security concerns. More information on the Seattle Public Safety Survey can be found at…/information-and-data/mcpp-about.

Coronavirus-related announcements The Eastlake Community Council wishes you and your loved ones comfort and safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. Please stay healthy and assist your neighbors. ECC offers the following announcements and resources, and invites comments and additional suggestions.

Event cancellations. Gov. Jay Inslee has made the difficult but necessary decision to order all of us to stay home. That means all ECC-sponsored in-person events have been canceled. Rescheduled events will be announced once quarantine measures have been lifted. Virtual events (on-line and/or telephone) events will be announced in this section as they are organized.

911 guidance. The following statement is from the Seattle Fire Department: “We respond to all life-threatening emergencies. Don’t feel ashamed if you have symptoms (fever, cough or difficulty breathing) of COVID-19. Call 911 if your symptoms are life-threatening: we will help you. Please be transparent with the dispatcher about your symptoms so we can arrive with the appropriate protective equipment. Continue to consult with your primary care physician if your symptoms are minor. #HereToServe #COVID19Seattle.” For further official guidance on when and how to call 911, click here and here.

ECC’s web page for the coronavirus emergency. ECC’s web site has a coronavirus page with links about the outbreak, including health background, government regulations and programs, and how to seek or offer assistance. The page also has links for donating to the UW Medicine Emergency Response Fund, University District Food Bank, and aid for jobless workers.

Personal Protective Equipment urgent for health care and front line workers. Needed: unopened and unused respirator masks (medical grade preferred) or industrial, NIOSH- and FDA-approved; PAPRs (powered air-purifying respirators); non-latex gloves in original carton; face shields; safety goggles (no openings on sides); Tyvek coveralls; disposable head and shoe covers; isolation gowns; disposable water resistant cover gowns in original carton; infrared (non-contact or remote) thermometers; unopened hand sanitizer bottles; and boxes of disinfecting wipes such as Clorox or Sani-cloth. For use in health care and in supportive housing and shelters across the city, the Kelley-Ross Pharmacy (located in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood) is accepting donated items in its building’s lobby; must make advance contact: 206-441-9174 or to The following state and local web sites are also organizing donations: Your Supplies Save Lives WA; the City of Seattle Protective Equipment Donation Site; and Seattle Mask Brigade. ECC’s coronavirus page has links for making masks at home.

Mutual aid. Some in the neighborhood are in need (such as for grocery or medicine runs) and others want to help. The social media site menu above provides links (including ECC’s Facebook page) where mutual aid opportunities are discussed. If confidentiality is desired, please use ECC’s intake e-mail address ( or U.S. mail address, where suggestions for ECC’s coronavirus response are always welcome.

Eastlake businesses The ECC web site has a list of service businesses that are open.