Tips and Recommendations for Life After the Vaccine
SPONSORED — With the coronavirus case count steadily dropping and the nearly 450,000 Snohomish County residents who have had at least one vaccine dose, it may mean getting back to pre-pandemic activities. What does life post pandemic entail and how does one safely re-enter social settings? There are still a lot of questions that the Snohomish Health District has received inquiring what exactly comes next. To help answer any lingering questions, here are some tips and recommendations for life after the vaccine.
Keep Original Vaccine Cards Safe
Treat vaccination cards like a birth certificate or other important official documents. Take a photo of it and then store the document somewhere safe at home. In the future, it may be needed to prove someone has been vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to travel, gain access to events or possibly take booster doses later on. 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 need proof before entering or permitting someone to remove a mask inside. Besides your CDC Vaccine Record card, you can offer other forms of verification such as WA State Certificate of Vaccine, WA State Immunization Information System printout, Immunizations Record booklet, or a verified medical record from a medical provider. To see examples of proof or where to find these documents, click here: Visual Guide to Official Washington State Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination.
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. Until the state reaches a safe vaccinated population percentage, we must continue to wear masks to keep others safe and curb the spread of COVID-19.
Know How to Gather Safely with Others
After a year and a half spent safely social distancing from 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 gathering safely after vaccinated to help you navigate and safely return to social settings. It is also important to remember to respect those still cautions of health risks and looking out for themselves and their loved ones safety.
Monitor for Symptoms and Get Tested
While fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine if exposed to someone with COVID-19, 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 in order to prevent spreading the COVID-19 virus to others.
Vaccine Appreciation: “Shot of a Lifetime”
Many people have experienced challenges while trying to confirm that their records were transmitted to the Washington State Immunization Information System (WAIIS) and whether or not they are eligible for the “Shot of a Lifetime” lottery drawing. DOH recognizes that many people were not able to verify their COVID-19 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.
Together we can continue to combat the spread of the coronavirus by getting vaccinated and following all safety protocols. To find a vaccine site near you please check out www.snohd.org/covidvaccine for more information.