Staff Vaccination Updates

KSD Staff COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Last Update: 03/02/2021

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statement today following President Joe Biden’s directive that all states must prioritize vaccinations of "teachers and childcare workers."

This means that effective immediately, all school employees are added to Washington's Phase 1B-Tier 1 (the current immunization phase). The Phase Finder may take time to reflect these changes, but all school employees may begin scheduling with healthcare providers right away. This is not just for teachers but for ALL employees in the district.

Please refer to the Benton-Franklin Health District list of COVID-19 Vaccine Community Partners below for the local list of providers. 
Washington State Department of Health Vaccination Locations By County w/Appointment Links

When we receive more information regarding a vaccination clinic for KSD staff, we will send out information as soon as possible.


Read the entire statement from Gov. Inslee:
“Like President Biden, I am grateful for the hard work and sacrifice of educators every day, and especially during this pandemic. The president has directed us to add preK-12 educators, school staff and licensed childcare workers to our current vaccine prioritization. This directive will be carried out through existing providers and the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, which operates through national pharmacies and independent pharmacy chains.

Therefore, we are adding educators and licensed childcare workers to Washington’s Phase 1B-1 immediately. The Washington State Department of Health will have more specific information soon on how those workers can access vaccines. Phase Finder may take time to reflect these changes, but educators and licensed childcare workers can schedule with providers right away.

The good news is that schools will be able to open and we are pleased that teachers will be back in the classroom very soon. This should give educators more confidence to return to in-person learning and that it can be done with the safety protocols that are being used by 1,400 other schools in our state right now.   

“We will continue the current state plans and goals to focus on those most at risk, including older adults and those facing the greatest equity gaps.

To that end, I will soon be announcing when our state vaccine prioritization will be moving to include critical workers in certain congregate settings including those who work in grocery stores, farmworkers, food processors, bus drivers, corrections workers and others.

We will continue our progress in getting every Washingtonian vaccinated. I am grateful for the partnership of the federal government and their efforts to help move educators up in the prioritization.

Therefore, we are adding educators and licensed childcare workers to Washington’s Phase 1B-1 immediately. The Washington State Department of Health will have more specific information soon on how those workers can access vaccines. Phase Finder may take time to reflect these changes, but educators and licensed childcare workers can schedule with providers right away."

As of now, we do not have any specific information to share about a school employee vaccination clinic, but we are in contact with our community health partners and exploring all options that may be available to our staff members when the health department moves the state into the next vaccination eligibility phase.

Washington State is in Vaccine Phase 1B-1. Approved providers in our counties are receiving vaccine allocations from Washington state Department of Health and the CDC and are vaccinating individuals in Phases 1A and 1B-1 only at this time.

Washington’s COVID-19 Vaccine Phases

We know that there are still some staff members that are currently eligible to receive a vaccination in the current phase who have not been able to secure an appointment. As of this week, vaccination locations have been added to local Fred Meyers, Safeway and Costco stores.

Washington State Department of Health Vaccination Locations By County w/Appointment Links
Phase Finder to Check Your COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility
Benton-Franklin Health District COVID-19 Vaccine Information


Washington State's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for School Employees

Information and FAQs About Washington State's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for School Employees


Mass COVID-19 vaccination site open at Benton County Fairgrounds

Tuesday- Saturday
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Make an appointment online or call 1-800-525-0127, then press # 

To get a vaccine, individuals should first confirm they are eligible using Phase Finder. Once confirmed, the next step is to make an appointment. 

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH), with assistance from the Washington National Guard and local and private sector partners, has launched a mass vaccination site in Kennewick at the Benton County Fairgrounds. They will be open by appointment only to people who pre-registered and are eligible for the vaccine under Phase 1A or 1B-1.

Based on current allocations for the state of Washington, the initial goal is to have enough vaccine to provide approximately 500 vaccinations per site, per day. In the beginning it will be less, as sites ramp up to that goal and beyond. To ensure success, a limited number of initial appointments will be accepted to start, and some sites will have reached capacity for week one quickly. Washingtonians should not be discouraged. Sites will eventually have the capacity for larger numbers of people as more vaccine becomes available.


On Monday, Jan.18, Gov. Inslee and the Department of Health (DOH) issued a revised vaccine distribution schedule (see updated graphic).

KSD is continuing to work to provide employees with the most updated information on vaccine eligibility. We are also working to coordinate with local vaccine providers as more doses become available to KSD employees.

Please note the following:

  • KSD continues to work with local vaccine clinics to obtain vaccine doses for employees. We will communicate updated information about vaccine opportunities as we receive it.

  • Employees who wish to receive the vaccine are not required to go through district channels; we encourage individuals to be aware of opportunities from local healthcare providers.

The DOH website has information on current providers and eligibility (click under Benton County for information): https://bit.ly/35YWnDk

Currently, healthcare providers are prioritizing those people in Phase 1A, Tier 1 & 2 and Phase 1B, Tier 1.

OSPI has informed us that that all school employees will be eligible, no matter their age, when roughly 50 percent of those in Phase 1B Tier 1 receive their first dose of the vaccine.

Staff in 1A who already received their first immunization will be contacted regarding scheduling the second round as soon as that information is available.

KSD will continue to update employees as information comes to us.