COVID-19 Vaccine

Nurse Michelle WindishAs of March 17, school employees are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and can schedule appointments via the latest version of the Department of Health Vaccine Locator tool, a user-friendly web app that displays available COVID vaccination appointments from multiple provider scheduling sites in one place.  The tool works on both desktop computers and mobile devices and is available in multiple languages.

Vaccinated employees need to continue to follow health and safety requirements. 

Although the COVID-19 vaccine is optional, the Puyallup School District is providing information about vaccination opportunities when available. Please reach out to your health care provider with questions and to inquire about setting up an appointment. 

The district will continue seeking opportunities to host vaccine clinics with community partners. See below for additional COVID-19 vaccination opportunities in addition to FAQs.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What do you know about the COVID-19 vaccines currently available?
A:  The CDC states that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 disease, severe illness and death. However, we are still learning how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that cause COVID-19. Early data shows that the vaccine may work against some of the variants and is less effective on others. We are still learning how long COVID -19 vaccines can protect people from getting sick.

Q:  What does fully vaccinated mean?
A:  People are considered fully vaccinated:
     • 
2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
     • 
2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated persons should continue to wear masks, practice social distancing, and keep their social circles small.

Please see the following CDC website link for more information:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

Q:  If I have been fully vaccinated, do I still need to quarantine after exposure?
A:  No.  According to current CDC guidelines, if you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you have been fully vaccinated (see definition above), you do not count as a close contact for 3 months (90 days). The 3 months starts the 2 weeks after your last injection. You can continue to come to work/school.  It is important, however, to continue to monitor for symptoms. If you begin to have symptoms of COVID-19, you must quarantine for 10 days from symptoms onset or have a negative test to return to school/work.   

Q:  Why would I not count as a close contact for 90 days?
A:  We are still learning how well the vaccine protects us against the virus and for how long. The more people who are vaccinated will provide more data on how long protection lasts. For now, we know the vaccine provides protection for at least 90 days.  See the following CDC webpage for more information:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

Q:  If I am vaccinated, do I still need to follow the PSD COVID-19 health and safety protocols?
A:  Yes. Everyone, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, need to still follow all district health and safety (i.e. daily health attestations, staying home when you are sick, 6ft distancing, face coverings when on district property unless alone in a closed space, frequent hand hygiene etc.). If you have questions regarding PSD COVID-19 health and safety protocols, please contact your building administrator.

Q:  After my vaccine, I’ve heard I might not feel well. What do I do?
A:  Per the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, the guidance is as follows (this may change once the WA State Department of Health provides further guidance):

Guidance for up to 72 hours post vaccination:

Quarantine AND contact leaves@puyallup.k12.wa.us if you have following symptoms:
     • Cough
    
 • Shortness of breath
     • Runny nose
     • Sore throat
     • Loss of taste or smell
     • Known Exposure

May return to work/school 24 hours after the following symptoms have cleared or improved: (if no known exposure and no one else in home is ill unrelated to being vaccinated)
     • Fever
     • Fatigue
     • Headache
     • Chills
     • Muscle or joint aches