COVID-19 Resources for Staff

March 16, 2021

Dear South Kitsap staff,

We know many of you are working to find and schedule appointments to receive your COVID-19 vaccination. Below are some tips as you seek an appointment near you.

First, please continue to use the WA COVID Vaccine Finder to find the most up-to-date information about providers with supply and availability near you. Second, the federal government is sending increased vaccine allocations to states through the federal Retail Pharmacy Program in order to meet the end-of-March deadline in President Biden’s directive. Pharmacies participating in that program are also expected to prioritize vaccinations for K–12 employees two days each week.

In Washington, pharmacies participating in the federal Retail Pharmacy Program include:

  • Albertson’s/Safeway

  • Costco

  • Kroger (Fred Meyer/QFC)

  • Walmart

  • Rite Aid

  • Health Mart Independent Pharmacies

We know searching for appointments can, at times, feel frustrating. Please continue to use the COVID Vaccine Finder and know that our state doesn’t know exactly how many doses we will receive from the federal government for the week until right before we receive them (typically on Sundays). For this reason, Sunday may often be the best day to find an appointment. You are also encouraged to sign-up for an appointment with Kaiser Permanente. This option is available to all school employees, regardless of whether you are a Kaiser Permanente member.



March 5, 2021
Message from District COVID Coordinator and Nurse Tiffany Buckley

South Kitsap staff,

We have some information to share with you about access to COVID vaccines for ALL school district staff. OSPI launched their “Get Ready” school employee vaccination partnership with Kaiser Permanente. Please see the message below from OSPI and visit the Get Ready website. * Please note these resources are in addition to the clinic next week provided by Peninsula Community Health that was communicated yesterday.

The symptom monitoring chart should be referenced to assess your wellness following a vaccination. The Staff Symptom Flow Chart has also been updated to reflect the change in quarantine guidelines for fully immunized persons with exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

Be well!

OSPI School Employee “Get Ready” COVID-19 Vaccine Collaboration with Kaiser Permanente

We are launching this program for school employees to safely and equitably receive the COVID-19 vaccine through our “Get Ready” collaboration with Kaiser Permanente. We’re confident we have the right systems and collaborators in place to offer vaccine access to school employees across the state. 

We are sharing tools with public and private K–12 school employees to empower school employees to decide if they want to take advantage of the “Get Ready” vaccine access program through Kaiser Permanente and the steps they will need to complete if they choose to participate.

Steps include:

  • Setting up an account through Kaiser Permanente.
  • Scheduling a vaccine appointment.
  • Understanding what to expect in preparation for receiving the vaccine.

This program was created to ensure school employees have access to the COVID-19 vaccine, and OSPI and Kaiser Permanente believe it affords school employees an efficient way to access the vaccine as supply increases. Given how many school employees are currently eligible, we ask for your patience as we rapidly optimize our online systems to make sure they are working properly and fully operational.

Reminders:

  • This program has been established for school employees – both non-members and members of Kaiser Permanente – and distribution will be equitable.
  • Employees are not required to receive their vaccine through Kaiser Permanente.
  • Registration is for COVID-19 vaccination purposes only. The COVID-19 vaccine will be provided at no out-of-pocket cost to you (Kaiser Permanente may bill your insurance company to administer the vaccine). Once you register, please follow the prompts for vaccination appointment only. While you may see options for other care access, any other services or care you seek outside of the vaccination will be subject to normal costs and billing.




March 4, 2021
Message from District COVID Coordinator and Nurse Tiffany Buckley

South Kitsap staff,

All school district employees are now eligible for the COVID vaccination following President Biden and Governor Inslee’s announcements earlier this week.

Peninsula Community Health Services is hosting a temporary outreach location specifically for South Kitsap School District staff. Please note the clinic is open to all district staff and all other eligible individuals under vaccine phase 1A, 2A, 1B, or 1B-1. There are 400 appointments available over two days and details are shown below. We thrilled that many of you have already made appointments with providers around the community and we are grateful to PCHS for this additional opportunity. If you are aware of others who are eligible and in need, please forward this link so they may consider participating.

COVID Vaccination Clinic
March 9 and March 11
Gateway Center
2525 6th Street, Bremerton WA

Use this link to register as soon as possible: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVID_Vaccination_SKSD

Peninsula Community Health Services plans to use the Pfizer vaccine. An appointment for the second dose will be made during check-in and the tentative date is Friday, April 2.
Please reference the question/answer document published by OSPI for additional information regarding school employees and vaccine priority.

Be well!




March 3, 2021
Message from District COVID Coordinator and Nurse Tiffany Buckley

Dear South Kitsap Staff,

We have exciting news to share regarding ALL district staff eligibility to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Yesterday afternoon, President Biden directed states to prioritize school staff in vaccine distributions, and Governor Inslee announced last night that all educators and school staff in Washington are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the current 1B-1 phase.

This means that you can now schedule a vaccine through your medical provider, pharmacy, mass vaccination site, or other vaccine provider. OSPI will also be sharing additional details soon about their partnership with Kaiser Permanente to offer vaccines through their clinics.

Below are links to information and resources you can use in learning more about the COVID-19 vaccines, locations, and more.

CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Information-  On this site, you can find information on COVID-19 vaccines.

Washington DOH Phase Finder - Use this tool to confirm proof of eligibility. When you get to the question that reads “Are you considered a critical worker according to the Washington Critical Infrastructure Worker list?” select “YES” and then select “I am an educator or staff member at a K-12 school” on the next question. After completing the questionnaire, you will want to take a screenshot or print out of the final screen showing your eligibility. Many vaccine sites will require that to provide your shot. 

Washington DOH Vaccine Locator - This site lists vaccine sites throughout the state with links to register or find more information on each site. You can filter by county and appointment availability.

Facebook- There are a number of public and private Facebook groups where people can ask for assistance in finding a vaccine site or list of locations with available appointments. One of the more popular and active ones is called “Find a COVID Shot WA.”

We will share additional information on vaccine access and resources as it becomes available. 

Thank you!