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WA restaurant employees eligible for vaccines March 31

Mar 18, 2021 | Reopening 2021, Restaurant Reopening Guide

All Washington state restaurant employees, foodservice workers, and some lodging employees will be eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine, effective March 31.

These lodging employees also qualify to receive the vaccine:

  • Hotel employees who work in foodservice
  • Employees at hotels that provide housing to shelter to homeless
  • Employees at hotels that provide accommodations to those who are in isolation or quarantine

Starting March 31, these employees can visit the Department of Health’s website to schedule an appointment.

The association will continue to work to prioritize lodging and other non-foodservice hospitality employees in the vaccine distribution plan.

Don’t miss these additional resources to get your questions answered.

[Legal memo] Should you require your employees to get vaccinated? 

As more vaccines are available to more groups in Washington state, many employers are asking if they should require their team members to get vaccinated. As a best practice, you should encourage your team to get the vaccine, according to the National Restaurant Association. But if you want to go a step further, you should follow these guidelines from the Restaurant Law Center.

[Webinar replay] Watch Catharine Morisset of Fisher Phillips talk vaccines

Washington Hospitality Board Member Catharine Morisset of Fisher Phillips recently talked with the Seattle Restaurant Alliance about what to look for when determining your vaccine policies. You can watch the replay here.