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 continues to adapt, evolve, and thwart our efforts to return to engaging with others safely. Following the actions of many other public and private employers, King County is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated, effective Oct. 18, 2021.
Balanced You compassionately acknowledges that there may be hesitancy around the decision to be vaccinated and we are here to support employees with resources they may need in the process. The following resources include a live webinar and Q&A with a Fred Hutchinson scientist, interviews with community members, and emotional support resources for navigating the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 and Kids: What families want to know about schools and child care this fall, Sept. 15
The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has unleashed new concerns about our children. Families with kids in school and child care may have a lot of questions about what to expect this Fall. On Wednesday, Sept. 15, join Sara Rigel, on the COVID-19 Schools and Child Care Task Force for Public Health – Seattle & King County, who will share updates on the state guidance that includes mitigation strategies that help reduce the risk to young children. She’ll talk about masking, vaccines, and be available to answer your questions and concerns.
Wednesday, Sept. 15 | 2 – 3 p.m. | Link to join webinar: kingcounty.zoom.us/j/88171136550
COVID-19 Vaccine Overview and Q&A with Dr. Michele Andrasik, Sept. 22
Join Dr. Michele Andrasik, Senior Staff Scientist at Fred Hutchinson, for an in-depth overview of the COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Information will be presented on COVID-19 and vaccine safety and efficacy. The information provided will assist attendees in their efforts to make informed decisions to protect themselves, their families, and their communities from COVID-19.
Wednesday, Sept. 22 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Link to join Webinar: kingcounty.zoom.us/j/88004332299
Dr. Andrasik previously hosted a webinar on Sept 2. You can watch the recording and download the slides here.
Why Now? COVID-19 Conversations
In this video series, King County community members share how they felt when they learned the vaccine was available. They talk about what questions or concerns they had about getting vaccinated, and what they would tell their loved ones who may still be unsure.
Making Life Easier Counseling
With the rise in COVID-19 cases, vaccine mandates and prolonged uncertainty of when the pandemic will be over, there are a lot of emotions to process. You may find you want to speak with someone to support you during this time. King County employees receive eight free mental health counseling sessions through Making Life Easier. You can find out more information by going to Making Life Easier.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Employee Assistance Program is available to you for free and confidential counseling on all work-related issues. Call 206-263-8733 to make an appointment, or for more information email HRDEAP@kingcounty.gov.