UPDATED, April 28, 2021 — On behalf of our businesses, their employees and the Covington community, we are grateful that King County has remained in Phase 3 thus far. Let’s keep up the good work, continue the social distancing, good hygiene and vaccinations.
In Washington state, people 16 and older are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. King County has provided the following information about how to get vaccinated, and they’ve asked us to share it.
The first option for accessing the COVID-19 vaccine in King County is to reach out to your care provider to find out if they or the provider network has appointments available.
The second option for accessing the COVID-19 vaccine in King County is to use Washington State’s Vaccine Locator: https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov/ to find appointments at any retail pharmacy.
Please note: Individuals should be able to make appointments at a retail or community-based pharmacy regardless of insurance, citizenship, or immigration status.
The third option for accessing the COVID-19 vaccine in King County is to make an appointment at a King County partnership site. King County Partnership Sites are currently prioritizing BIPOC communities. Please find attached a document with the most up-to-date information on the available appointments at these sites for 4/15 through this coming weekend. Steps for how to make a vaccine appointment at these sites are also outlined in the attached document titled KingCountyHighVol-VaccineApptGuide. A flyer going over the accessibility considerations at each site is also attached.
In addition, please note that for the Renton site, appointments at any other Kaiser Permanente Washington locations may be available should the listed locations, dates or times not be ideal for the individual and/or their household. Therefore, folks should ask the Renton site call center to explore those options for them as well to conduct a referral as appropriate. Kaiser Permanente is also taking public appointments from both KP members and non-members in addition to the referral partnership at the Renton site. KP members and non-members now both have public call center and web-based registration options – please see the attached guide for making appointments with Kaiser Permanente for more details on that.
Community Vaccine Events (CVE) are another great way for folks to get access to the vaccine. More details on CVEs can be found here.
Finally, you may find all the resources on accessing the COVID-19 vaccine in King County as well as some useful signage (translated into 28 different languages) here: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/vaccine/distribution.aspx
Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air ventilation is one of the most powerful and effective ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Public Health – Seattle & King County has developed guidance designed for building/facility managers, business managers, and others to reduce the spread of coronavirus indoors. For more detailed information about these strategies and technologies, please review our guidance posted on www.kingcounty.gov/covid/air. This webpage is a good single link to share.
Specifically, our Guidance on Improving Indoor Air Ventilation is a document for operators of congregate settings, schools and childcare services, restaurants, and retail or other public settings where people may gather.
This guide helps building owners/operators work with specialists and determine the best strategies to improve indoor air quality and reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Strategies include:
- Adjustments to Heating, Ventilation & Cooling (HVAC) units
- High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) air cleaners
- Upper room ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) technologies
You may be particularly interested in the following guidance, available in this guide:
- Indoor Air Considerations for Shared or Congregate Housing
- Indoor Air Considerations for Schools & Child Care Settings
- Indoor Air Considerations for Restaurants
For a quick overview of these strategies, check out this fact sheet. The fact sheet is also available in Spanish (with additional languages coming soon).
Here are some additional resources related to COVID, the pandemic and economic recovery you might find helpful: