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Beginning October 25, people ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to enter certain indoor and outdoor events and establishments in King County.

This requirement will help to protect customers and workers, protect our health care system (read a statement of support from the healthcare community), and prevent business closures as the Delta variant continues to spread in King County. You can read this Public Health Insider blog post for more information, and view the Local Health Order.

To find COVID-19 vaccination locations near you, visit kingcounty.gov/vaccine.

Current mask guidance remains in effect. For more information, visit kingcounty.gov/masks.

For additional business resources, including tools for implementation and compliance, visit kcvaxverified.com.

View frequently asked questions below Link/share this page: kingcounty.gov/verify

Keep Each Other Safe (PDF): Establishments and events included in this order are required to display the signage below at all public entrances. Also available in other languages.

Keep each other safe poster (8.5x11)

How to Verify Vaccination (PDF): Post this sign in a place where staff can see it to show how to verify vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Other languages coming soon.

How to verify vaccine status (8.5x11)

Locations requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test

Restaurants and Bars

Includes indoor dining. This does not apply to outdoor dining, take-out customers, and places that aren't primarily used as indoor dining locations, such as grocery stores. The order gives the option for a longer preparation period for smaller restaurants and bars with a seating capacity of 12 or less, with an implementation date of December 6.

Indoor recreational events or establishments

Such as professional and collegiate sports, performing arts and live music venues, movie theaters, gyms, conferences, and conventions

Outdoor events with 500 people or more

Such as professional and collegiate sports and entertainment events.

What can be used as proof of vaccination?

You do not need to show identification with proof of vaccination.

Options for people who are unvaccinated or unable to prove vaccine status

People who are unvaccinated or cannot prove vaccination status will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test from a testing provider in the last 72 hours.

For COVID-19 testing locations and resources, visit kingcounty.gov/covid/sites.

Establishments will be responsible for checking vaccination proof or negative test status. Public Health will be working with partners to provide technical support and educational materials to businesses and organizations implementing the order.

What is MyIR Mobile?

MyIR Mobile is an internet-based service that gives people access to their official Washington state vaccination records. You can set up an account at www.MyIRMobile.com.

MyIR Mobile is currently available in English only. For language assistance, or additional help getting your records, call the Washington State Vaccine Helpline at 833-829-4357 or email waiisrecords@doh.wa.gov.

Equitable implementation and reasonable accommodation

Employers, their employees, and volunteers, must implement this Order equitably and may not discriminate based on an individual’s race, national origin, religion, or age. Businesses and venues should provide reasonable accommodation for those who are unable to provide proof of vaccination due to a disability.

King County and Public Health developed the vaccine verification policy in consultation with Public Health’s Pandemic and Racism Community Advisory Group, cities, small businesses, chambers of commerce, labor unions, trade associations, sports teams, venues, community groups, faith-based leaders throughout the county to create a policy that aims to be workable, fair, and equitable for businesses and residents.

vaccination card and a face mask

Materials

Infographic detailing the Local Health Officer Order on vaccine verification:

Summary of the Local Health Order on vaccine verification:

Frequently asked questions

Section 1: General information

People age 12 and older will be required to show proof of vaccine or negative COVID test to enter certain large sporting/entertainment events and gyms, and to take part in indoor dining at establishments such as restaurants and bars. This health order does not require people to also show proof of ID.

COVID-19 is currently spreading at high rates in King County, driven by the highly contagious Delta variant. Our healthcare system is more strained than at any time during the pandemic, and we are trying to preserve the ability of our hospitals to serve everyone who needs care.

Requiring people to verify their vaccination status in places where there is higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 will help contain the spread since vaccinated people are at much lower risk of catching and spreading COVID-19. COVID-19 is more likely to spread in crowded outdoor spaces and indoor settings where people are unmasked or participating in high-risk activities like yelling, singing, or aerobic activity.

This policy aims to prevent cases and hospitalizations from rising any further and therefore prevent further state restrictions, such as business capacity limits or a return to remote schooling.

For data from the UW on the potential for this policy to prevent cases, hospitalizations, and death: https://www.healthdata.org/node/9029

As with other Public Health orders, King County will focus on education and outreach to support people in following the health order. If there are complaints of patrons or businesses egregiously not following the order, County officials will contact businesses and event organizers and take action as feasible.

King County is working to develop a process for submitting complaints, defining egregious non-compliance, and building a compliance plan into event permit applications.

This Local Health Officer Order is effective starting October 25, 2021. Small restaurants and bars, defined as those with seating capacity for less than 12 people, have until December 6, 2021 to implement the requirements.

The entire order is not expected to be permanent. No later than six months from October 25, 2021, this policy will be reviewed for possible extension based on future outbreak conditions.

No, the mask mandate will still be in effect. Verification requirement is an additional layer of protection on top of masks, distancing, and ventilation.

Section 2: About proof of vaccination

  • CDC COVID-19 vaccine record card or photo of vaccine card
  • Printed certificate or QR code (available at the end of September) from MyIRMobile.com
  • Other official immunization record from within or outside the U.S., including from your health care provider. A photo or photocopy of this card is also acceptable.

NOTE: Documentation of medical or religious exemptions not accepted.

The following vaccines are accepted for verification and have been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO): Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm-BBIBP, Sinovac, and Novavax. All other COVID-19 vaccines are not accepted.

If you lost your CDC vaccination card, try these options to find your vaccination record:

  • Sign up for MyIR at wa.MyIR.net. Look up your vaccination record, then print or take a screenshot. If your records don't show up, call 833-VAX-HELP (833-829-4357).
  • Ask your provider. If you received your vaccine at your health care provider, the provider's office should be able to give you a copy of your record.
  • Ask at the vaccination site. Go back to the site where you were vaccinated and ask a clinic supervisor if they can look up your record and create a new card.

For questions about your immunization record, email: waiisrecords@doh.wa.gov.

No, the requirements do not apply to children under 12 years old.

Any type of COVID-19 test administered by a testing provider can be used. Testing providers are required to use FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 tests. The negative result must be within the past 72 hours.

Rapid tests used without the supervision of a testing provider will NOT be accepted.

(Some examples of types of FDA-approved or authorized include: PCR, TMA, NAAT, molecular, antigen, and lateral flow. This is not an exhaustive list.)

No, religious or medical exemptions are not allowed. Rather, a negative test can be accepted as an alternative to proof of vaccination.

Showing a fake vaccination card is a Federal crime. We expect that the vast majority of people will follow the requirements.

In our stakeholder engagement, we received feedback that ID checks are associated with trauma stemming from racist and discriminatory practices, plus can lead to distrust for many communities. The vast majority of people have followed health requirements in our region during the pandemic.

Washington State Department of Health recommends MyIR Mobile. Businesses and individuals can also choose to use additional vaccine card apps such as CLEAR and COVID Proof to provide vaccination verification. Please be advised that any third-party mobile application may collect personal information and data. Public Health – Seattle & King County will continue to seek guidance from the Washington State Department of Health on the use of digital vaccine card apps for verification.

Yes. 12-year-old children may participate if an adult can state that the child is in the process of getting vaccinated. 12-year-olds are required to be vaccinated, but we recognize that it takes additional weeks after they turn 12 to complete all shots and be fully vaccinated.

The customer/patron must provide vaccine verification or a negative COVID-19 test at each visit. One exception is gyms or similar venues that choose to keep a record of vaccination status for their members on file. If a gym client chooses to use a negative COVID-19 test instead of proof of vaccination to enter, they must show a negative COVID-19 test in the last 72 hours.

Yes. Please keep in mind that some people with disabilities may not have access to their vaccine information or the ability to use vaccine verification apps. If a person declares or is perceived to have a disability and cannot provide proof of vaccine, verbal communication of their vaccination status should be accepted instead of physical proof of vaccination.

For people with disabilities who are unvaccinated, a verbal declaration that they have received a negative COVID test within the past 72 hour should be accepted.

Section 3: Where proof of vaccination is required

If a wedding or party is held at a business that is otherwise subject to this rule, such as a restaurant or music venue, vaccine verification will be required.

Weddings or events held in settings that are not otherwise subject to this policy – such as private homes, or faith-based institutions – are strongly encouraged but not required to verify vaccinations.

Faith-based settings and large funerals are strongly encouraged but not required to verify vaccinations.

Workers are covered under Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries regulations related to Covid safety. The King County policy strongly recommends, but does not require, a vaccine mandate for all workers or volunteers at establishments covered under the policy. Employers can mandate vaccinations.

In addition, the Federal government has announced they are issuing a mandate that in part includes employers with more than 100 employees must either put in place an employee vaccination mandate or conduct weekly COVID-19 testing of employees.

Guidance and resources are available from the Washington Department of Labor & Industries, Washington State Coronavirus Response, and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and available here:

It depends. Verification is not required for normal hotel business activities such as checking in guests or people entering the hotel for short periods of time.

Verification is required at:

  • Public restaurants located within a hotel.
    Exemption: Spaces used for indoor dining or drinking that are only for hotel guests (such as a breakfast bar).
  • Public events that include people who are not guests of the hotel. Examples: performances, weddings, or conferences.
    Exemption: A business meeting of a single employer or a group of employees who already adhere to their own vaccine mandate or protocol.
  • Hotel gyms or fitness centers that are open to the public.
    Exemption: On-site gyms or fitness centers that are only open to hotel guests.

Select a location type below for more details (this is not an exhaustive list)

  Strongly recommended but not required for dining rooms at these facilities

Not required for entry for a quick and limited purpose. However, you are required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test to participate in indoor recreational or entertainment activities within community or senior centers, such as a fitness class, an event, or a performance.

  Strongly recommended, but not required

Note: School employees are required by a separate state order.

  Strongly recommended, but not required

  Strongly recommended, but not required

  Strongly recommended, but not required

  Strongly recommended, but not required

  Required for any customers eating or drinking in a dedicated seating or bar space


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