Ralph L Barsanti Memorial Post 265
Anderson Island, Washington
March 4, 2021
Veterans of the Puget Sound who are enrolled in the VA system — no matter age, health or living situation — can now get a COVID-19 shot at VA Puget Sound Health Care Systems facilities.
The health care system is offering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to any veteran who is already enrolled with in the VA health care system. Shots will be available at the American Lake and Seattle medical centers, as well as the Silverdale and Mount Vernon clinics.
Veterans who aren’t enrolled can check their eligibility on the VA website.
Appointments are required. Eligible veterans can call 206-716-5716 or contact their primary care team to sign up. The phone line was experiencing a high volume of calls Wednesday, and the VA said patience may be required to get through.
The VA said on its website that it is continuing to prioritize veterans who are at higher risk for COVID-19 and, therefore, younger and healthier individuals may be scheduled further out.
“We continue to proactively contact Veterans to make vaccine appointments and prioritize Veterans at high risk, who are older, have existing health problems, those living in nursing homes or other group living facilities,” the VA said on its website.
link to the document below: AI Corona Virus Preparedness Team 1.pdf
AI Preparedness Committee - Coronavirus
AIFD, Am Legion, AICC, AIHS, AIHM, AI Store,
For AI Residents Isolated at Home1. Prescription Medications
a. Call your pharmacy to see if they can send your prescription
b. If you need help with a prescription pick-up, call:
i. Catholic Community Services - Bonnie Bernard – 425 591-5277
ii. Call the American Legion - Jim Cook 253 858-8726 or Susanne Winkler 253 884-7737 or email Jim at jtcworld @ yahoo.com. You do not need to be a veteran to receive this service.
2. How to decrease fear during this time
a. Limit the amount of time you spend watching the news
b. Do some creative activities
i. Learn a new hobby (painting, knitting, carving, etc.)
ii. Write down some life stories, or write a letter in cursive to someone you love (a dying art)
iii. Cook or bake something unusual or new
iv. Have a new recipe potluck with neighbors
v. Take photos around our island and post them
c. Maintain connection with others - the mental health risks of social isolation, especially for the elderly is profound and often leads to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
i. Call your neighbors, just to check in or to tell stories
ii. Look for others who have needs and help them in some way
iii. Have a movie contest (best, worst, most ridiculous, etc.)
iv. Offer a book club online
v. Offer to teach someone a skill that you ha
vi. Go for a walk/hike with a friend
vii. Get creative about staying connected
d. Increase your exercise
i. Watch for activities offered by the gym that do not involve large groups
ii. Go for walks outside to get fresh air and enjoy our beautiful island
e. Focus on the here and now instead of worries about the future. Look for things that bring you joy, laughter or peace.
f. If you would like prayer or other spiritual support
i. Call your pastor, priest or other spiritual leader or a respected friend
ii. You can call Brad Fogal, pastor of Anderson Island Christian Fellowship (949 292-7461) if you would like a pastor visit or prayer.
4. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your circumstances
a. Talk to friends and family about how you’re feeling
b. Ask to be on the AI check-in list so you can be contacted every few days by a fellow islander. Call Jim Cook 253 858-8726 or Susanne Winkler 253 884-7737 or email Jim at jtcworld @ yahoo.com
c. Seek professional help
i. Call SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUS” to 66746
ii. Call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or text “TALK” to 741741
iii. Ask your Primary Care Provider where to get help
iv. Look online for mental health professionals
If you would like to volunteer to help with transportation or food/supplies/prescription pick-ups, please call The American Legion - Jim Cook 253 858-8726 or Susanne Winkler 253 884-7737 or email Jim at jtcworld @ yahoo.com.
Resources Available on Anderson Island
2. Catholic Community Services - Call Bonnie Bernard – 425 591-5277
a. Rides to appointments for people without flu symptoms
b. Meal delivery from the store, café or Lakeshore Restaurant
c. Prescription pick- ups in town
d. Food/supply pick-up in townMilitary Veterans and Widows– Call Jim Cook 253 858-8726 or Suzanne Winkler 253 884-7737
c. Prescription pick- ups in town
e. Check-in Volunteers - Regular phone calls to people who are isolated
a. The AI General Store
b. The AI Community Club