September 17 (WNN) — Officials have announced that proof of being fully immunized against COVID-19 will be required from the end of next month to enter indoor establishments, such as bars, restaurants and movie theaters, and some outdoor locations in Seattle and King County .
The order, issued by Seattle and King County Local Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin, effective October 25, requires all patrons and customers 12 years of age and older to show proof that they are fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID- is 19. Tested for entering restaurants, bars and taverns with a seating capacity of 12 or more within the last 72 hours.
This rule also applies to venues of entertainment and performing arts, including nightclubs, concert and concert venues, movie theaters, museums, professional sports stadiums and arenas.
Affected outdoor venues and events are those with 500 or more people in attendance, such as sporting events, both professional and collegiate, as well as concerts.
The order said that the rule will also be implemented from December 6 for indoor restaurants, bars and inns with seating capacity less than 12 December.
“Our COVID-19 response must continue to adapt to the difficult, changing reality of this pandemic,” Duchin said in a statement. “Delta virus is highly contagious, airborne, causes serious illness and is severely straining our hospitals and healthcare providers. King County’s vaccine validation program will prevent infections, hospitalizations and deaths, our Will protect the health system and provide a safe place for public and personnel.”
The order states that a person may present a vaccination record card provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a photograph as proof of complete immunization, meaning a COVID-approved drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration. 19 Getting the required dose of vaccine. A printed certificate or QR code from MyIRMobile.com and other official vaccination records will also count as proof, it said.
According to the order, 68% of King County residents are fully vaccinated, but 720,000 are not, including about 300,000 who are eligible for the vaccine and 120,000 who have yet to complete their vaccination regimen. not done.
The order states that around 308,000 children aged 12 and under who are ineligible for the vaccine will not be required to show a negative COVID-19 test to enter any affected establishment.
A study in King County by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation found that such a vaccine policy could prevent 17,900 to 75,900 infections and 257 deaths over a six-month period.
“We are at a critical point in this pandemic, with high levels of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and there is no certainty to follow the Delta version,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “Vaccination is our best shield against this deadly virus.”
The order follows similar orders issued for San Francisco and New York City last month.