In accordance with CDC health care infection prevention and control recommendations:

Face masks are still required in health care settings EVEN IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED

Vaccines have slowed the spread of COVID-19 in Washington, but face masks are still an important tool in preventing transmission of the virus. COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets when infected people, many of whom do not exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, cough, sneeze, or talk. Evidence shows that wearing a mask reduces an infected person’s chance of spreading the infection to others.

The Secretary of Health’s masking order differentiates between people who are fully vaccinated and people who are not yet fully vaccinated. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks or more after your second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after receiving the single dose J&J vaccine.

Children younger than 2 and people with certain medical conditions are not required to wear a mask.

Know how to wear your mask correctly

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