Agreement between King County and unions over employee vaccine mandate

King County and the Coalition of Unions, Technical Employees Association, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 77 the King County Corrections Guild, and the King County Juvenile Detention Guild, reached an agreement over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate that affects all King County employees in the Executive Branch. On August 10, 2021, King County Executive Dow Constantine issued an order that all Executive Branch employees must be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. Since then, the Office of Labor Relations (OLR) has been in negotiations with labor unions on what will be… Read More

Receiving a replacement vaccination card

To provide verification of vaccine status, employees need to show official documentation. If you have lost your vaccination card, there are several ways to receive a replacement card or official document: Look up your vaccination from Washington State Department of Health’s “My Immunization Registry” (MyIR). If you have registered, log in to MyIRto look up your vaccination record, and then print or take a screenshot or photo of the information. If you do not have an account, you can sign up for MyIR any time. Use the mobile version of WA state’s immunization registry, MyIRmobile to… Read More

Remaining dates for King County employee vaccination clinics

King County is hosting several COVID-19 vaccination clinics open to all employees and their families, with vaccinator partners Discovery Health and Pliable.  All King County Executive branch employees must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18, 2021. To meet this requirement, employees must receive their second shot of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, and provide verified proof of vaccination as soon as you receive your final vaccination. All three vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson) will be available at the clinics… Read More

How do COVID-19 vaccines work?

COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. When you get the vaccine, your immune system makes antibodies and other infection-fighting cells that protect you in case you are infected with the virus. How do the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines work? Vaccines that have been authorized from Pfizer and Moderna are mRNA vaccines. mRNA vaccine technology has been studied and worked with for decades. There is no virus in the mRNA vaccines, so you cannot get a COVID-19 infection from… Read More

The key dates to start your vaccine schedule

All King County Executive branch employees must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18, 2021, and there are some important dates you need to know to meet this requirement. We’ve put together a short 90-second video that outlines the key dates for the three approved vaccines – Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson – and when you’ll need to start the vaccine schedule to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18, 2021. Watch the video below:

How to get your vaccination status verified

King County will require all employees to be fully vaccinated, effective Oct. 18, 2021, and you have a couple of options for providing proof of vaccination for verification. To have your vaccination status verified, you can: Initiate the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration process through your 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… Read More

King County to require all employees to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18, 2021

by Dow Constantine, King County Executive I know we are all eager for this pandemic to be over so we can get back to the things we love doing without restrictions or anxiety. However, COVID-19 is a novel foe, and it continues to adapt, evolve, and thwart our efforts to return to engaging with others safely. As such, we need to adapt and evolve if we are to defeat it. Following the actions of many other public and private employers, King County will now require all employees to be fully vaccinated, effective Oct…. Read More

Future of Work: Return To In-Person Work

Building on what we learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, King County has developed an employee accessible intranet site, The Future of Work, focused on tools, resources, and information. The site helps provide answers to common questions and will be regularly updated with more news and resources. One section, titled Return To In-Person Work, explains in more detail teleworking updates, vaccine and mask guidelines, and answers several frequently asked questions. Although mandatory telework for many employees ended on July 5, 2021, this does not mean everyone will immediately come back to their worksites…. Read More

How to provide verification of vaccine status

King County employees must provide vaccination information for verification. To provide proof that they are fully vaccinated, employees have a couple of options: Initiating the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration process through your NEOGOV Dashboard (click on Dashboard > Forms > COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration) and attaching a copy of an official document (see list below), OR Showing 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. Please note, employees will… Read More

Updated guidance on masks and Future of Work planning

Yesterday Gov. Inslee announced that most coronavirus restrictions in Washington would end today. This is great news and signals that, for those who have been fully vaccinated, we can begin to get back to the things we love doing without restrictions. As we move into the recovery and rebuilding phase of the pandemic, we need to remember that the pandemic is not over, and COVID-19 is still present in our communities. Those who have yet to get vaccinated remain at risk, and we need to be mindful of virus variants. Following the… Read More