SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – For the nearly 450,000 Snohomish County residents who have had at least one C OVID vaccine, it may mean getting back to pre-pandemic activities. However, there are still a lot of questions that the Snohomish Health District has been getting on what comes next. Here are tips and recommendations for life after the vaccine.
- Keep original vaccine cards safe. Treat vaccination cards like a birth certificate or other official document. Take a photo of it and then store it at home. In the future, it may be needed to prove someone has been vaccinated against C OVID. If the original card is lost or misplaced, records can also be accessed through the state’s MyIR.net system.
- Keep an official proof of vaccination handy. Many businesses or employers may require proof before entering or permitting someone to remove a mask. See examples of proof here: Visual Guide to Official Washington State Proof of C OVI D Vaccination (PDF)
- Respect the rules of the room. Even if fully vaccinated, people still need to wear a well-fitted mask in schools, public transportation, health care settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and any business that requires masks.
- Know how to gather safely with others. It can be confusing to know when masks are required or how many people to gather with. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has created a page with different scenarios to help people in gathering safely after vaccinated.
- Monitor for symptoms and get tested. While fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine if exposed to someone with C OVID, they should still keep a look out for symptoms. If any unusual or new symptoms develop, seek testing and remain quarantined until test results are back.
Many Snohomish County residents have experienced challenges while trying to confirm their vaccine records were transmitted to the Washington State Immunization Information System (WAIIS) and they are eligible for the “Shot of a Lifetime” lottery drawing. DOH recognizes that many people were not able to verify their vaccine record in MyIR Mobile. However, the records have been transmitted to the WAIIS, which means DOH is able to access immunization data and will be able to pull winners from the pool of eligible vaccine recipients in the state.
In the meantime, people who have further questions about their eligibility should call the state’s vaccine hotline at 1-833-VAX HELP or visit https://walottery.com/vaccination.
Content Source: Snohomish Health District Press Release