How, why, and when to get a COVID-19 vaccine for King County employees
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. 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.
Vaccines are available at high-volume vaccination sites, pharmacies, and clinics. Many don’t require appointments. Protect your community today and schedule your COVID-19 vaccine. For more information on getting vaccinated, visit www.kingcounty.gov/vaccine.
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Vaccine FAQs for King County employees
The directive applies to all of the roughly 13,500 employees in the Executive branch (employees who report to the Assessor, Elections Director, Executive, and the Sheriff, including temporary employees).
Yes. The requirement applies to all Executive branch employees regardless of their work setting. Employees who are telecommuting need to be prepared to come to a worksite at any time necessary to meet business needs and to provide services to the community.
Employees should work with their agency’s human resources office if they would like to request a reasonable accommodation for a medical condition or for a sincerely held religious belief. More information will be provided as soon as possible.
The threat of COVID-19 is evolving as new more easily transmitted and aggressive variants become prevalent in our state. The Delta variant We now have the tool of vaccine, which is the single most effective resource to combat spread, prevent illness, and death. King County has a duty to our employees to provide a work environment free of known hazards, and to reduce risk to the public we serve.
King County values its partnerships with labor organizations, and is engaging with labor on the effects of this requirement and its implementation.
According to a new CDC study, unvaccinated individuals are more than twice as likely as those who were fully vaccinated after contracting the virus to be reinfected with COVID-19. The CDC continues to urge all eligible individuals to get vaccinated as the best way to protect themselves and their community from COVID-19.
New data show that when vaccinated people catch the Delta variant, they can be contagious. However, vaccination makes it less likely for someone to catch and spread COVID-19. When vaccinated people do become infected, their illness is typically not as serious (they may not even have symptoms). Of the 1.45 million residents fully vaccinated in King County, 0.1% have had a positive test result following vaccination, 0.004% have been hospitalized for COVID-19 and 0.001% have died due to COVID-19.
Vaccine safety is a priority. All COVID-19 vaccines must go through a rigorous and multi-step testing and evaluation process before they can be used in the U.S. This is true even when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) like with the three COVID-19 vaccines. EUAs are occasionally used during national emergencies to address an urgent health need. The FDA has issued EUAs to address anthrax, Ebola, H1N1, and other health emergencies in the past.
You are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as you can:
- Go to vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov to search for COVID-19 vaccine appointments near you by zip code.
- Go to www.kingcounty.gov/vaccine for details about vaccination partnership sites throughout King County. Many don’t require appointments.
- Call your doctor’s office or health care provider to see if they have available vaccination appointments.
- Whether you’re a Kaiser Permanente member or not, King County employees can follow these steps to get a COVID-19 vaccine with Kaiser Permanente.
- For language interpretation or online help, the following hotlines are available. Please say your preferred language when connected:
- WA State COVID-19 Assistance hotline: 1-833-VAX-HELP (1-833-829-4357), then press #, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. (Monday), 6 a.m.-6 p.m. (Tuesday-Sunday)
- King County COVID-19 Call Center: 206-477-3977, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
King County employees should not have to pay anything for a COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of where they get it. If you are covered under a King County employee health plan, you may be asked to provide your Regence BlueShield, CVS, or Kaiser Permanente insurance card.
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.
We have a variety of leaves to support you during COVID-19:
It’s OK to have questions and concerns about vaccines. We want you to have the best information from trusted experts to help you make the decision you believe is best for you and your family.
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.
- Is it True? COVID-19 fact checking, FAQs, and other resources at: kingcounty.gov/covid/vaccine
- You’ll find flyers, videos, and other resources about COVID-19 vaccination translated into many languages at Public Health’s Community Vaccination Resources page. Use these tools to help encourage people in your community to get vaccinated!
- Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and the science behind them: www.preventcovidwa.org
- Complete guidance on COVID-19 virus and vaccines: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus