King County’s vaccine requirements remain in effect

King County’s vaccine mandate will continue for executive branch employees and is unaffected by Governor Inslee’s ending of all remaining COVID-19 emergency orders and the state of the emergency by October 31, 2022.

Consistent with current policy and practice, all executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated, unless they are otherwise accommodated. New hires continue to need to provide proof of full vaccination before their start date.

Also consistent with current policy and practice, all county contractors and volunteers, including volunteers serving on boards and commissions, are required to be fully vaccinated. This includes contractors and volunteers who:

  • work in person at county properties or in county facilities, including indoor or outdoor worksites; or
  • are required to interact with the public, regardless of frequency.

Though the state will be lifting its emergency declarations, the county’s vaccine mandate still applies under Executive Order ACO-8-27-EO (for county employees) and ACO-8-28-EO (for contractors and volunteers).