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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.

Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are now authorized for emergency use for anyone aged 6 months and older. Novavax vaccine is authorized for emergency use in anyone 18 years and older. Everyone aged 5 and older should get a booster dose if it's been 5 months since your 2nd dose of Pfizer/Moderna or 2 months since your 1st dose of J&J. With so much COVID-19 spreading, don't wait to get you and your family up-to-date on vaccinations!

Protect your community today and schedule your COVID-19 vaccine. For more information on getting vaccinated, visit www.kingcounty.gov/vaccine.

Key dates vaccine requirement
March 12, 2022: Updated mask requirements: Masks are optional for employees in all settings, including public-facing spaces, except on public transportation and in congregate settings and health care facilities, such as detention facilities and public health clinics, where masks will continue to be required. Superior Court and District Court will continue requiring masking in court rooms and in areas where work is done with members of the public. In all other areas, masking is encouraged for Superior Court employees but not required. District Court will continue to require that all District Court employees wear masks in all areas while at work. View the announcement
Effective October 18, 2021, all Executive branch employees must be vaccinated. This includes telecommuting employees, those who have previously had COVID-19, and temporary employees. To meet this requirement, existing employees must provide proof that they have received their final vaccination necessary for full vaccination. New hires must provide proof of full vaccination before their start date.
King County employees should not have to pay anything for a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of where they get it. Because obtaining the vaccination is mandatory, employees will be paid for the time spent getting the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes travel time to and from the vaccination site.

Wearing cloth masks 

  • Masks are optional in all settings, including public-facing spaces, except on public transportation and in congregate settings and health care facilities, such as detention facilities and public health clinics, where masks will continue to be required.

  • Superior Court and District Court will continue requiring masking in court rooms and in areas where work is done with members of the public. In all other areas, masking is encouraged for Superior Court employees but not required. District Court will continue to require that all District Court employees wear masks in all areas while at work.

  • Employees still have the option to wear face masks, even when they are not required. King County supports and encourages any employee who chooses to wear a face mask at work if it makes them more comfortable.

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. To have their vaccination status verified, employees can:

  • Initiate the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration process through their NEOGOV Dashboard (click on Dashboard > Forms > COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration) and attaching a copy of an official document (see list below), OR
  • Show one of the following to an HR professional or other designated department representative:
  • your actual vaccination card, or a photo or a copy of it,
  • a copy of your state vaccine record, or
  • a verified medical record.

Vaccine guidance

Effective October 18, 2021, all Executive branch employees must be vaccinated. This includes telecommuting employees, those who have previously had COVID-19, and temporary employees. To meet this requirement, existing employees must provide proof that they have received their final vaccination necessary for full vaccination. New hires must provide proof of full vaccination before their start date. 


Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are now authorized for emergency use for anyone aged 6 months and older. Novavax vaccine is authorized for emergency use in anyone 18 years and older.

Everyone aged 5 and older should get a booster dose if it's been 5 months since your 2nd dose of Pfizer/Moderna or 2 months since your 1st dose of J&J. With so much COVID-19 spreading, don't wait to get you and your family up-to-date on vaccinations.

County employees and requirements

Executive Constantine has removed restrictions on in-person work for remote workers and in-person meetings and events, effective March 1. This change does not mean that everyone must immediately return to their worksites. Departments are now beginning to implement their Future of Work plans, which set out how services will be delivered moving forward, whether that’s in-person, remotely, or a hybrid of both. Your workgroup may be moving to a new building, site, or floor. Department leaders will share the plans and expectations for your teams and operations, and these will vary from team to team across the county.
We recognize that employees may have concerns about transitioning back to in-person work. Thanks to our vaccine mandate and the success of the booster program, and other precautions King County employees and residents have taken, COVID-19 cases are trending downwards, the risk of serious infection is falling, and we are beginning to emerge from the Omicron phase of the pandemic. After consulting with Public Health and other regional leaders, King County feels that it is now appropriate to remove restrictions on in-person work as well as in-person meetings and events. We will continue to follow public health guidance and make adjustments if, and when, conditions warrant.

Masks are optional in all settings, including public-facing spaces, except on public transportation and in congregate settings and health care facilities, such as detention facilities and public health clinics, where masks will continue to be required. Superior Court and District Court will continue requiring masking in court rooms and in areas where work is done with members of the public. In all other areas, masking is encouraged for Superior Court employees but not required. District Court will continue to require that all District Court employees wear masks in all areas while at work. Employees still have the option to wear face masks, even when they are not required. King County supports and encourages any employee who chooses to wear a face mask at work if it makes them more comfortable.

Being fully vaccinated from COVID-19 is a condition of employment. There is currently no plan to end the vaccination mandate for employees. The vaccine mandate provides a safer workplace for King County employees and the public we serve. It is because of the vaccine mandate and the success of the booster program, and other precautions King County employees and residents have taken that COVID-19 cases are trending downwards. This is what is enabling the county to lift some of the COVID-19 restrictions around telecommuting.

At-home COVID-19 tests FAQs

Up to eight at-home tests per person are covered by your medical plan per month. This means a family of four people who are covered by the medical plan can get up to 32 tests per month. The limit is for coverage of at-home, over-the-counter tests only, and does not apply to tests ordered by a health care provider or tests provided by a community testing site.
The amount for reimbursement under the health plans is expected to be limited to $12 per test or $24 for a package that includes two tests. No deductibles or copays will be charged.
Demand for at-home COVID tests fluctuates, so may be in short supply at this time. Read Guidance from Public Health – Seattle & King County about the different types of tests, when you may need one, and what to do if you can’t find a test. Do not go to the emergency department or urgent care clinics for COVID-19 testing.
No, President Biden announced on Jan. 14 that starting Jan. 19, every household in the United States can order four free at-home COVID-19 tests. Visit www.COVIDtests.gov to order your tests. These tests are being provided by the federal government and are in addition to what will be covered under your medical plan.

For SmartCare (Kaiser Permanente) members:

Mail a Member Reimbursement Form and your receipt(s) to Kaiser Permanente. Visit Kaiser’s COVID-19 testing web page for up-to-date information. You can also schedule an in-person COVID-19 test at a Kaiser Permanente facility, if medically appropriate.

For KingCare and KingCare Select (Regence/CVS) members:

CVS, the pharmacy benefit manager for Regence plans, is currently developing its process with network pharmacies to directly bill CVS for at-home COVID-19 tests, but it’s not complete. If your local pharmacy has COVID-19 tests available, you may be able to get them at no cost. If the pharmacy can’t direct bill, you’ll need to buy the test and submit a claim for reimbursement to CVS online or through the CVS app. If you need help, call CVS at 800-552-8159. Have your CVS member ID card handy. The King County group ID number is 0385.


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.


Starting March 1, employees must only wear a mask in indoor settings and enclosed spaces that are accessible to the public, regardless of vaccination status. This applies to all King County buildings, facilities, and structures that the public can enter, including public lobby and meeting spaces, public indoor recreation spaces, public service counters, and similar spaces open to the public. In areas that are not accessible to the public, employees who are fully vaccinated may remove their mask while indoors. We encourage and support anyone who wants to keep wearing a mask indoors. Masks remain required in congregate settings and health care facilities, including detention facilities and public health clinics.

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.

Restrictions on in-person work for remote workers have been removed. If you are currently telecommuting, please discuss plans for in-person work with your supervisor.

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.

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