Reminder on mask requirements for employees

On June 30, 2021 King County Executive Dow Constantine announced updated mask requirements for Executive Branch employees:

  • If an employee has provided verified proof that they are fully vaccinated (see definition below), the employee is not required to wear a mask while working.
  • If an employee has not provided verified proof of full vaccination, the employee is required to wear a mask when working indoors, outdoors, and when in an enclosed space with others (for example, when multiple people are in a vehicle). The only time the employee is not required to wear a mask, is if the employee is working at least six feet from others outdoors.

It is also recommended that unvaccinated employees socially distance from others to further protect themselves and others, particularly when working indoors or when working with the public.

Employees in the following settings are required to always wear a mask while working, per state and CDC guidance, due to the nature of their work: correctional facilities, homeless shelters, schools, public transportation, long-term care facilities, and healthcare settings.

Proof of vaccination

If an employee chooses to do so, the employee can provide proof that they are fully vaccinated by either:

  • Initiating the COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration process through their NEOGOV Dashboard (click on Dashboard > Forms > COVID-19 Vaccination Declaration) and attaching a copy of an official document (see list below), OR
  • Showing one of the following to an HR professional or other designated department representative: o their actual vaccination card, or a photo or a copy of it, or a copy of their state vaccine record, or o a verified medical record.

Departments will not keep copies of vaccination cards, state vaccine records, or vaccine medical records; however, they will document that the employee has been vaccinated, which vaccination was received (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson), and the last date of the vaccination.

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If it has been less than two weeks since a person’s shot, or they still need to get their second dose, they are NOT fully vaccinated/protected.

If you have any questions, please contact your department’s HR Manager.