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A vaccine test will be required in a few days. Here’s what you need to know

King Doe County Executive Director Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durcan on Monday showed the upcoming vaccine screening process ahead of the Oct.25 screening requirements.

Constantine and Durcan traveled to Cafe Allegro in University District to demonstrate how companies and visitors will check coronavirus vaccination or testing status in most public places in King County starting next week.

Visitors and customers over 12 years of age are required to provide proof of complete vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result within the last 72 hours, in accordance with a County Health Order signed last month, in the following situations:

  • Recreational and recreational outdoor activities with 500 or more people, such as student sports, professional sports and concerts.
  • Indoor restaurants, bars and taverns for 12 or more people.
  • Indoor recreational and recreational facilities such as gyms, fitness centers and public pools.
  • Performing arts establishments, nightclubs, music and concert venues, cinema
    theaters, museums, student and professional sports stadiums and arenas, exhibition halls and conference centers.

Indoor restaurants, bars and taverns with a seating capacity of less than 12 will have to meet requirements by December 6th.

“This is our way of making sure that we can keep working, our employees and customers are healthy and support our economy,” Konstantin said at a press conference outside the cafe.

Constantine and Durcan both showed pictures of their vaccination cards on their smartphones to coffee shop staff, demonstrating how to proceed as ordered before grabbing coffee at the public health department – interim director of Seattle and King County Dennis Worsham and the Seattle Metropolitan Ward. CEO of Commerce Rachel Smith and discuss the new order.

Durcan and Smith said they believe companies will embrace the demand as a way to make employees and patrons more comfortable in public.

“How many times in the past two weeks have employees pulled me aside and said, ‘Thank you. I didn’t feel safe coming to work, and now I feel, ”Durcan said. “And here’s what you see here: Requiring a vaccination card really gives businesses the opportunity to tell their workers, ‘We’ve got a safe place for you,’ and to their customers, ‘We’ve got a safe place for you.’

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“And we have businesses that have done this before that,” Smith said. “We are learning a lot from them, so we are hosting webinars and other events so they can talk to companies that are just now implementing to share best practices and discuss some of the things they went through to make it work. for their operations. “

Companies can accept any of the following as proof of vaccination:

  • Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 Vaccine Record Card or photo of CDC Vaccine Record Card.
  • QR code, digital or printed certificate from MyIRMobile – – Washington State Department of Health’s partner website for vaccination records.
  • A record of vaccine administration from a vaccine provider, including a doctor, pharmacy, or other official vaccination document from the United States or outside the United States, including a photograph or photocopy.
  • Any other digital vaccine card indicated by the Seattle and King County Health Services as sufficient to certify vaccination status.

Those without proof of vaccination can submit digital or physical evidence that an FDA-approved or FDA-approved molecular (PCR) or FDA-approved or approved antigen (rapid) COVID-19 test has been negative in the last 72 hours. Self-administered antigen tests are not subject to order.

Konstantin said the district would rely heavily on the “honesty of the people” rather than strict observance of the order.

“We did not have the coercion of masks, we did not have the coercion of a number of things, but Seattle and King County have intensified as our residents did the right thing in these specific conditions,” Constantin said. “So I think it will again be a situation where people come forward and do the right thing.

“If there are egregious complaints from customers or businesses, we will monitor them and they will have the opportunity to complain and we will contact them about these specific issues,” he added. “But it will be according to the honor system.”

Gov. Jay Inslee last week announced a similar statewide order that will apply to all indoor events with more than 1,000 participants and all outdoor events with more than 10,000 participants.

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