Vaccines & Masks Help Keep Community Safe

Your safety is our highest priority. Our vaccine policy is based on the most recent King County health order and is intended to help protect visitors, staff, and our county’s health care system, and prevent business closures by slowing the spread of the Delta variant in King County. Thank you for all that you are doing to help keep yourself, our staff, and our community safe at the Y.

Last updated: December 9, 2021

 

Our Vaccine Policy at the Y

We understand Covid-19 safety protocols change frequently and it can cause confusion. As new guidance emerges and the science develops, we continuously seek ways to minimize risk to community. We appreciate our staff and members’ flexibility and willingness to shift as we seek an end to the pandemic.

Individuals ages 12 and older are required to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test result from a testing provider within 72 hours of entering certain indoor establishments in King County, including YMCA gym facilities. Any type of Covid-19 test administered by a testing provider can be used. Rapid tests used without the supervision of a testing provider, such as home kits, will not be accepted. This health order does not apply to children aged 11 or younger at this time. If someone is unable to show proof of vaccine status or negative test results at the time of their visit, they will be unable to enter the Y.

The Y is committed to the safety of every individual within our care. Our Covid-19 safety protocols are consistently aligned with Washington state, King County Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Masks

Masks are required indoors for everyone ages five years and older, regardless of vaccination status. Read our full mask policy >

Acceptable Forms of Vaccine Status

Vaccine status may by proven using any of these options:

  • CDC Covid-19 vaccination record card or a clear photo of the card;
  • Printed certificate or QR code from MyIRMobile.com; or
  • Vaccine administration record from a vaccine provider, including an individual’s doctor, pharmacy, or other official immunization record from within or outside the U.S., including a photo or photocopy.

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. You do not have to show identification, such as a driver’s license, when showing proof of vaccination. However, we do require photo identification if you do not have a photo on file at the Y.

Fast Pass: Get into the Y faster by completing the verification process just once. When you show us your proof of vaccination, we’ll update your account, complete with a new photo, and you will not have to show vaccine verification again to enter!

Acceptable Proof of Negative Covid-19 Test

Individuals ages 12 and older who are unvaccinated or cannot prove vaccine status are required to show a negative Covid-19 test result from a testing provider within 72 hours of entering the Y. Any type of Covid-19 test administered by a testing provider can be used. Rapid tests used without the supervision of a testing provider, such as home kits, will not be accepted. Find a testing site near you >

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are there exemptions to this policy?

No, there are no exemptions to this policy in King County’s health order. If members can’t show proof of vaccination or a negative test result at the time of their visit, we encourage them to use the Virtual Y, their members-only home for live and on-demand Y programs.

Does this policy apply to all YMCA facilities?

No, this policy only applies to YMCA facilities that have gym features. It does not include separate YMCA office facilities, YMCA housing or YMCA program sites that are governed under a different set of regulations.

Which vaccines do you accept?

Those approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO):

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen
  • AstraZeneca
  • Sinopharm-BBIBP
  • Sinovac
  • Novavax

All other Covid-19 vaccines are not accepted.

What type of negative Covid test is acceptable as an alternative to proof of vaccination?

Any type of Covid-19 test administered by a testing provider can be used. The negative result must be within the past 72 hours. Rapid tests used without the supervision of a testing provider will not be accepted.

Will the Y supply Covid-19 tests?

No, we’re unable to supply on-site tests currently. Find testing locations in King County >

Are you accepting antibody tests?

King County’s health order does not allow us to use antibody tests as an alternative to full vaccination or negative test results. Additionally, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antibody testing is not currently recommended to assess immunity to Covid-19.

Why are you requiring masks AND proof of vaccine status or negative test results?

The requirements to mask indoors and supply proof of vaccine status come from two unique government orders: Washington State’s indoor mask mandate and King County’s vaccine verification health order. We are diligently following both orders so that we can help slow the spread of the Delta variant in our community.

Do children under age 12 need to provide proof of vaccination?

No, according to King County, the requirements currently do not apply to children younger than 12 years old. Children ages 5-11 became eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine on November 3, 2021. It will take some time before children in this age group are able to get fully vaccinated. The vaccination verification requirement continues to apply only to people ages 12 and older in King County.

Since youth aren’t eligible for vaccination until they are 12, is there a grace period before a 12-year-old needs to show proof?

Yes, according to King County, 12-year-old children may participate if an adult can state that the child is in the process of getting vaccinated. 12-year-olds are required to be fully vaccinated, but we recognize that it takes additional weeks after they turn 12 to complete all shots and be fully vaccinated.

Why aren’t you requiring that all unvaccinated children show proof of a negative Covid-19 test?

King County’s health order specifies that only people ages 12.5 and older are required to show proof of vaccine status or negative Covid-19 test. In their words, the intent behind the order is to reduce the number of infected adults in the community to decrease the risk for children not yet eligible for vaccination. Instead of requiring proof of negative Covid-19 testing for children younger than 12, we continue to use additional safety precautions in our youth programming, including physical distancing and enhanced cleaning procedures.

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