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Getting a COVID-19 vaccine helps protect yourself and your family, friends, and co-workers, especially those who may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19. All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. These vaccines have been studied in clinical trials with large and diverse groups of people, of various ages, races, and ethnicities. 

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COVID-19 vaccineAll Washington residents age 12 and over are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. You are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as you can. 
Use the resources on this page to understand how and where to get a vaccine shot, and answer your questions about the vaccine. You’ll always find the latest vaccine information at kingcounty.gov/vaccine.
King County employees should not have to pay anything for a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of where they get it. Getting vaccinated is an eligible use of sick leave. You may also be able to take Paid Administrative Leave with manager approval.
May 9, 2021: Mandatory teleworking to end July 5, 2021 
Executive Constantine will not extend mandatory telecommuting for Executive Branch employees currently telecommuting beyond Monday, July 5, 2021. View the announcement here.
July 27, 2021: Updated mask requirements for employees King County has issued updated mask requirements for employees. View the announcement

 

Wearing cloth masks

Employees and members of the public are required to wear masks in indoor spaces that are open to the public and in public spaces, whether or not they are vaccinated. This includes public lobby and meeting spaces, public indoor recreation spaces, public service counters, and similar spaces open to the public.

It is strongly recommended that all employees wear a mask when working in indoor areas not open to the public, whether or not they are vaccinated, to provide additional protection to themselves, co-workers, and customers.

Employees who are still required under CDC guidance to wear masks in their work settings include those in correctional facilities, homeless shelters, schools, public transportation, long-term care, and healthcare settings.

Providing acceptable proof of vaccination 

Employees can provide acceptable proof of vaccination by showing photos, copies, or actual vaccination cards, or a copy of their state vaccine data record or other verified medical record, to their HR Manager or designated department representatives or via the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration. 

Departments will not keep copies of vaccination cards; however, they will record that the employee has been vaccinated, which vaccination was received, and the date of last vaccination. Employees may choose to self-initiate the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration process through their NEOGOV Dashboard (click on Dashboard > Forms > COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration). 

Vaccine Guidance

All Washington residents age 12 and over are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. You are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as you can. Start at kingcounty.gov/vaccine.

Future of Work

Get resources and answers to your questions about returning to in-person work, building moves and space consolidation, and more.

Workforce Recovery Guide

The “Guidance for Workforce, Operations, and Customer Service Recovery” provides information and resources for employees do your work more safely.

Get involved

Employees can support coronavirus efforts by:


Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
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COVID-19 FAQs

Please stay home if you are sick, and let your supervisor know if you have concerns about your paid leave balances.


You can telework, if appropriate in your role, or use accrued or donated leave.


King County's mask mandate for employees was updated July 27, 2021 and sets out requirements for employees working inside and outside.

Misinformation about coronavirus can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. We’re stronger as a community when we stand together against discrimination. Take advantage of these resources to prevent, interrupt, and respond to stigma. Find out how.


This guidance applies to Executive Branch employees. Employees in other branches of County government (definitions below) are advised to confirm policy questions with their human resources staff and leadership.

Executive Branch departments: Department of Assessments, Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, Department of Executive Services, Department of Community and Human Services, Department of Human Resources, Department of Judicial Administration, Department of Local Services, Metro Transit Department, Department of Natural Resources and Park, Department of Public Defense, Department of Public Health, Executive Department, King County Elections, King County Sheriff’s Office (The King County Sheriff’s Office is administered by the King County Sheriff).

Other branches of County governmentDistrict Court, King County Council, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Superior Court.

Telecommuting FAQs

On May 9, 2021 King County Executive Dow Constantine announced that he will not extend mandatory telecommuting for Executive Branch employees currently telecommuting beyond Monday, July 5, 2021. This is the first step in the gradual transition to our post-pandemic Future of Work model for delivering services. Leaders at the King County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Assessments are also ending mandatory telecommuting for their employees on July 5, where applicable. King County Elections and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will continue with mandatory telework where applicable beyond July 5 and will provide additional guidance to their employees. Employees in King County Council, Superior Court, and District Court should continue to follow the guidance from their leaders. View the announcement here.
  • Executive Branch departments: Department of Assessments, Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, Department of Executive Services, Department of Community and Human Services, Department of Human Resources, Department of Judicial Administration, Department of Local Services, Metro Transit Department, Department of Natural Resources and Park, Department of Public Defense, Department of Public Health, Executive Department, King County Elections, King County Sheriff’s Office (The King County Sheriff’s Office is administered by the King County Sheriff).

    Other branches of County government: District Court, King County Council, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Superior Court.

Employees are permitted to telecommute with children in the home. The expectation of productive work remains. Get some tips in this Balanced You article on Telecommuting with children at home.

If you are currently telecommuting, please continue to telecommute unless advised otherwise by your department leadership. If you believe you have a specific need to return to your worksite, please discuss this with your supervisor who can work with leadership on your request.

A designated work area is recommended for teleworking, and can mean fewer distractions or interruptions. Think about your space at home and how you might make the most of it to successfully telecommute. If you feel you cannot successfully perform work outside of the workplace, please contact your supervisor to discuss options.

It can be challenging to maintain good ergonomic practices when working away from the office. Review these tips for good ergonomic practices when working from home by King County Safety and Claims. Check out this safety checklist provided by www.telework.gov for working from home. You may request an ergonomic evaluation and find more resources on the Safety and Claims Ergonomic evaluation webpage.

With many employees telecommuting at this time in line with the County’s guidance, employees are permitted to take home laptop peripheral equipment, including monitors, to help them continue to be productive during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Employees must receive supervisor approval prior to taking peripheral equipment home, such as a monitor, mouse, or other devices. Supervisors should keep a record of any equipment that is being taken home. Departments are responsible for keeping an inventory of equipment taken home. (Note: this applies to Executive Branch employees. Employees in separately elected agencies should check with their IT staff).

Employees who need assistance in the setup of peripheral equipment should contact the KCIT helpdesk at https://helpdesk.kingcounty.gov/ to live chat with an agent or submit a ticket, or call 206-263-4357 (3-HELP).

 

King County offers a comprehensive telecommuting resources webpage to help employees stay connected and engaged while telecommuting. Employees can also review Balanced You’s Self-care for telecommuters during the COVID-19 pandemic as a resource.

KCIT has produced a comprehensive Telework Resources website to help you with technology tools and resources.


If you want to continue to telecommute, but have been instructed to plan to return to the workplace, please discuss this with your supervisor who can work with leadership on your request. The County’s approach on telecommuting will be evaluated periodically and decisions will be guided by operational need and public health advice.

Contact information

  • If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you're a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact our novel coronavirus call center: 206-477-3977.
  • The call center will be open daily from 8 AM to 7 PM PST.
  • For general questions about COVID-19 or Washington State's response, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.
  • If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your healthcare provider. Isolate yourself and wear a mask before leaving the house. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.

If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.