COVID-19 Schools Update, June 2023

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COVID-19 Schools Update, June 2023.


As the school year ends, we thank you—our school partners—for being superstars!

For being adaptable, flexible and resourceful.

For your perseverance and diligence in helping keep students and staff healthy.

For helping your students, staff, and families navigate a pandemic for the third year in a row.

For offering high-quality education to students in challenging public health environments.


Farewell to the COVID-19 Schools Newsletter. Hello to more info from us!

This is the last issue of our COVID-19 Schools Update. Future issues will include information on public health topics that affect public and private schools in Pierce County. Expect a back-to-school issue in August.

Summer contacts

For COVID-related questions, please contact your outbreak investigator or email us at

For other school-related questions, contact Michele Haymond at

COVID-19 County metrics

See the latest COVID-19 data at Updates every Thursday.

COVID-19 Guidance

On May 30, 2023, Washington State Department of Health (DOH) updated DOH K-12 guidance and summarized the updates at that same link.

DOH states: “It is not the intention of DOH that K-12 schools change any policies or practices between the release of the updated guidance and the end of the school year. There is no expectation that K-12 schools review and implement any guidance changes prior to the end of the 2022/2023 school year.”

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Vaccines

  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. They are our best protection against severe disease, hospitalization, and death.
    • Everyone 6 months and older, if eligible, can receive an updated (bivalent) COVID-19 vaccine. The updated vaccine may offer more protection against COVID-19 as it targets both the original COVID-19 strain and the current circulating strains BA.4 and BA.5 (Omicron).
    • For young children, multiple doses continue to be recommended and will vary by age, vaccine, and which vaccines were previously received.

COVID-19 vaccine resources for families

Pediatric vaccine clinics

Asia Pacific Cultural Center

3513 Portland Ave. East, Tacoma, WA 98404

(This is a new, temporary address while the center is under renovation).

2 p.m.-6 p.m.

June 14, June 21, June 28

July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26

Aug. 2

Eastside Community Center, 1721 E 56th St, Tacoma WA 98404

Noon-4 p.m.

June 9, June 23

July 7                

Lakewood Towne Center – Static Site

Noon-6 p.m.

Every Saturday through Sept. 27, 2023

COVID-19 and other adolescent vaccines (Tdap, HPV, Meningococcal).

People’s Center

1602 MLK Jr. Way, Tacoma WA 98405

3 p.m.-7 p.m.

June 16

July 14

Aug. 11, Aug. 25 

Resurrection Lutheran Church

4301 Browns Point Blvd., Tacoma WA 98422

Noon-6 p.m.

July 11

Aug. 1

Sumner United Methodist Church

901 Wood Ave., Sumner, WA 98390

Noon-6 p.m.

June 15

July 6, July 27