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.
Certain groups of higher risk King County employees are currently eligible under Phase 1a and Phase 1b, Tiers 1-4 (March 31, 2021). If you are eligible for a vaccine, you are encouraged to look for open appointments across all current options available to you as soon as you can. Starting Thursday, April 15, all Washington residents age 16 and up will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
Vaccine information for King County employees
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) determines the distribution of vaccine for our state and eligibility for vaccination in phases.
King County is currently in the state's Phase 1a and Phase 1b, Tier 1, 2, 3, and 4 for vaccine distribution. COVID-19 vaccine eligibility is currently open to those who qualify under Phases 1A and 1B Tiers 1-4, including all people age 60 and older, people 16 years or older with two or more co-morbidities or underlying conditions, people, staff and volunteers in certain congregate living settings, and additional high-risk critical workers in certain congregate settings.
Starting Thursday, April 15, all Washington residents age 16 and up will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
Visit “Who can get vaccine now” at kingcounty.gov/vaccine to check your eligibility.
If you are eligible for a vaccine, you are encouraged to look for open appointments across all current options available to you, and not wait:
- Go to vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov to search for COVID-19 vaccine appointments near you by zip code.
- 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, call the Washington state COVID-19 Assistance Hotline: Dial 1-800-525-0127 or 1-888-856-5816, then press #. Available Monday 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Tuesday to Sunday and observed state holidays 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. For language interpretation, state your preferred language when you are connected. Phone support is also available from the Public Health COVID-19 Call Center at 206-477-3977, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- WA COVID Vaccine Finder is a volunteer-driven effort to help Washingtonians find appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine: covidwa.com
- Preregister with the City of Seattle’s vaccination appointment notification list at the four city-affiliated vaccination clinics. You can also call 206-684-2489 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for sign-up assistance. The sites are Lumen Field Event Center (330 South Royal Brougham Way), North Seattle College Community Vaccination Hub (9600 College Way North), Rainier Beach Community Vaccination Hub, 8702 Seward Park Ave. S., and West Seattle Community Vaccination Hub (2801 S.W. Thistle St).
King County’s Onsite Vaccination Clinic Hosted by Metro on April 9, 2021 – *By appointment only, appointments now closed*
King County Metro is hosting a vaccine clinic focused on mission critical Metro workers, Metro contracted drivers and security and other King County employees who are eligible for the vaccine. Second shots will be administered April 30.
Learn more about the April 9 clinic:
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.
Getting vaccinated is an eligible use of sick leave. You may also be able to take Paid Administrative Leave with manager approval.
If you have side effects after receiving a vaccine, you can take sick leave and may also be able to take Paid Administrative Leave with manager approval.
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