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: October 23, 2021


Our Vaccine Policy at the Y

Beginning October 25, 2021, people ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result from the last 3 days to enter certain indoor establishments in King County, including the Y. This health order does not apply to children aged 11 or younger because they are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. 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.

Masks are required indoors for everyone ages 5 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; 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 first 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 just for members: 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!

At this time, all other visitors, including guests and Nationwide members, must show proof of full vaccination at every visit.

Acceptable Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test

People 12 and older who are unvaccinated or cannot prove vaccine status will be required to show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test at the time of entry. The test must have been performed in the last 3 days to 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. In order to use our facilities, visitors must show either proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test result from the last 3 days at the time of their visit.

If members aren’t able to 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.

Which vaccines do you accept?

Per King County guidelines, the following as accepted for verification and have been authorized 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.

Why aren’t you accepting FDA-approved COVID-19 rapid test results?

We’re unable to supply on-site rapid tests at this time and so, per King County’s health order, we are unable to accept rapid test results. Find testing locations in King County >

Will the Y supply PCR tests?

No, we’re unable to supply on-site tests at this time. 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.

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, because of the timeline for 12-year-olds to become fully vaccinated, King County allows a 6-month grace period before 12-year-olds must show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test. 12-year-old children may participate if an adult can state that the child is in the process of getting 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, in part, 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 under 12, we continue to use additional safety precautions in our youth programming, including physical distancing and enhanced cleaning procedures.