Public Health Information - Vaccine Verification, COVID-19 and Youth, Rapid Testing-Related FAQ's
Updated: Dec 13, 2021
From Public Health - Seattle & King County
As you may know, beginning October 25th, 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:
Outdoor events with 500 people or more (including professional and collegiate sports and entertainment events)
Indoor recreational events or establishments (including professional collegiate sports, entertainment, performing arts, theatre, live music, gyms and conference) and
Restaurants and bars (businesses that offers 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.
Below are resources to share with your team and sphere of influence.
1. Vaccine verification signage for businesses
Available in letter and poster size on the Vaccination verification web page. Establishments and events included in King County’s vaccine verification health order are required to display signage at all public entrances. More languages coming soon.
2. Public Health Insider blog post – COVID-19 and youth in King County: A current snapshot of what we know about cases and hospitalizations
More than 300,000 young people are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, and children have returned to in-person schooling this fall. Public Health is compiling data on COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations among youth. The slides included in this blog post offer an early snapshot of some of the key take-aways from our initial analysis.
3. Rapid testing-related FAQs added to COVID-19 testing FAQ page
Added three questions about rapid testing in King County: “1. What is the difference between Rapid Antigen test versus a NAAT PCR Molecular test?”, “2. Does King County provide rapid testing for travelers?”, and “3. Where can I get a rapid test for travel or an upcoming event?”. Direct link: kingcounty.gov/rapidtest.
4. Social Media:
We've compiled some current data on COVID-cases and hospitalizations among youth in King County.
King County-operated testing sites are experiencing long wait times, and priority testing will be given to those with symptoms or immediate risk for COVID-19. Test results are not guaranteed within 72 hours. For rapid testing options, go to: kingcounty.gov/rapidtest.
Dr. Anthony Fauci shared King County’s findings tracking the risks of being unvaccinated during last Friday’s White House COVID Response briefing.