Health Organizations Support King County Inbound Vaccine Rules
KING COUNTY, WA – Health officials from 15 local organizations recently signed a joint letter of support for King County’s vaccination policy covering indoor and outdoor events, which is expected to go into effect on October 25.
The new rules, announced in mid-September, will require customers to show full proof of vaccination or a recent negative test to participate in:
- Outdoor events with 500 or more people – such as professional and college sports and entertainment events.
- Indoor entertainment and recreation events or establishments – such as professional and college sports, entertainment, performing arts, museums, theater, live music, gymnasiums, and conferences / conventions.
- Restaurants and bars (including indoor dining) – this does not apply to outdoor dining, take-out customers, and places that are not primarily used as a restaurant, such as grocery stores.
“Vaccination verification requirements will reduce the spread of COVID-19 in high-risk public settings, reduce stress on our health care system, and reduce patient numbers to more manageable levels,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin , county health officer. “It will also help make businesses and other public places safer for customers, workers and our community. “
Hospitals and local unions were among more than a dozen signatories attached to a letter released late last week welcoming the county’s decision, including:
- Evergreen health care
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- Kaiser Permanente
- King County Medical Society
- Overlake Medical Center
- Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
- Seattle Children’s Hospital
- SEIU Health 1199NW
- Swedish health services
- TUAC 21
- UW Medicine
- Virginia Mason Medical Center
- The Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
- Washington State Medical Association
- Washington State Nursing Association.
“[W]We support requirement for proof of COVID-19 vaccine or large-scale negative test
sporting and entertainment events and establishments such as restaurants, bars and gymnasiums ”, part of the letter reads. These tips are part of a multi-layered approach to preventing COVID-19 infection and are vitally important to protect the health care capacity for members of our community. , in addition to other protective measures such as social distancing, masking and ventilation. “
In the announcement earlier this month, officials said the October 25 deadline gives unvaccinated people enough time to start and complete their immunization round before the new rules go into effect. Officials said the public health order was not designed to be permanent and its necessity will be reassessed within six months.