June 14, 2021
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Tips for life after you are vaccinated
For the nearly 450,000 Snohomish County residents who have had at least one vaccine, it may mean getting back to pre-pandemic activities. However, there are still a lot of questions that the Snohomish Health District has been getting on what comes next.
Here are tips and recommendations for life after the vaccine.
- Keep original vaccine cards safe. Treat vaccination cards like a birth certificate or other official document. Take a photo of it and then store it at home. In the future, it may be needed to prove someone has been vaccinated against COVID-19. 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. See examples of proof here: Visual Guide to Official Washington State Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination (PDF)
- 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.
- Know how to gather safely with 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 in gathering safely after vaccinated.
- 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 lookout for symptoms. If any unusual or new symptoms develop, seek testing and remain quarantined until test results are back.
Many people have experienced challenges while trying to confirm their records were transmitted to the Washington State Immunization Information System (WAIIS) and 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/vaccinationSee the full press release for more information.
Drive-thru COVID vaccine clinic set for June 15 at the Stanwood Sno-Isle Library
Attention North Snohomish County: Free COVID vaccines will be available 5-6 pm Tuesday, June 15, at Sno-Isle Libraries Stanwood Library drive-thru clinic. Appointments not required. Ages 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult parent/guardian. More community clinics: http://bit.ly/snocojuneclinics
County leaders propose COVID-19 hazard pay
Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers on Tuesday proposed ordinances to the Snohomish County Council to provide supplemental pay to front-line, public-facing county employees and certain grocery workers in unincorporated Snohomish County. With the re-opening of businesses later this month, the tightening labor market, and the spread of new variants, this supplemental pay will ensure essential government functions and access to groceries is uninterrupted.
“Our frontline workforce has been putting themselves at significant personal risk for the last 17 months providing ready access to food, shelter, safety, and other essential government services,” Executive Somers said. “While these proposals are short-term measures, these essential workers have earned this supplemental pay. As the labor market tightens, it is vital that we retain a healthy and motivated workforce to serve our communities. These measures will ensure we keep all our systems functioning as we transition toward recovery, while still keeping disease transmission to a minimum. I urge the County Council to swiftly consider and approve these ordinances.”
“Our county workers and grocery employees have kept our essential services running during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will continue to rely on them for the next phase of pandemic response and recovery,” said Snohomish County Council Chair Stephanie Wright. “During this unprecedented and dangerous event, these workers continue to provide ready access to food and vital services and have more than earned our respect and additional support.”
“It’s time to show our appreciation to frontline workers by providing adequate compensation with hazard pay for the hardships they continue to endure during one of the most challenging times of the last century,” said Snohomish County Council Vice Chair Megan Dunn. “We are asking large grocery stores to provide hazard pay and be responsible employers, and in turn, we are offering hazard pay to our frontline workers. All work has value—from bagging our groceries and stocking shelves to driving snowplows and protecting the public—and we value the sacrifices of our frontline families.”
The proposed ordinances would provide a one-time hazard payment ($1,250) from federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to those front-line Snohomish County employees who throughout the pandemic have been public-facing and engaged in essential government services. Grocery workers would receive $4 per hour in hazard pay until either the Governor lifts his state of emergency or December 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.
See the full press release for more information.
Snohomish Health District's drive-thru COVID-19 testing schedule
The schedule for drive-thru COVID-19 testing through the Snohomish Health District is as follows:
- Everett site located at 3715 Oakes Avenue – Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Lynnwood Food Bank site at 5320 176th St SW – open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Evergreen State Fairgrounds in the front parking lot off of 179th Ave SE in Monroe – open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Appointments for testing are encouraged, and registration is available at www.snohd.org/testing. Those without internet access or needing language assistance can reach the Health District’s call center at 425-39-5278 to schedule a testing appointment. The call center is staffed 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Callers after hours or on weekends can leave a message, which will be returned on the next business day.
Unemployment in the county continues to decline
Unemployment claims in Snohomish County fell 11.8% during the week of May 30 through June 5, the state Employment Security Department said Thursday. According to state data, there were 837 initial claims filed in the county, 113 less than the week before.
It marked the second week since early March 2020 that fewer than 1,000 initial unemployment claims were filed in the county. The decline has been underway for months. For comparison, there were nearly 2,000 more claims filed in the county during the week beginning January 3 than for the most recent data collection period.
Statewide, there were 8,868 initial claims, down 12.1% from the prior week. Initial regular claims in the state were down 70% compared to the same period last year.
For more information, see the full press release.
IRS mailing 36 million families that may qualify for pandemic child tax credits
The Internal Revenue Service has started sending letters to more than 36 million American families who, based on tax returns filed with the agency, may be eligible to receive monthly Child Tax Credit payments starting in July.
The expanded and newly-advanceable Child Tax Credit was authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act, enacted in March. The letters are going to families who may be eligible based on information they included in either their 2019 or 2020 federal income tax return or who used the Non-Filers tool on IRS.gov last year to register for an Economic Impact Payment.
Families who are eligible for advance Child Tax Credit payments will receive a second, personalized letter listing an estimate of their monthly payment, which begins July 15.
Most families do not need to take any action to get their payment. Normally, the IRS will calculate the payment amount based on the 2020 tax return. If that return is not available, either because it has not yet been filed or it has not yet been processed, the IRS will instead determine the payment amount using the 2019 return.
Eligible families will begin receiving advance payments, either by direct deposit or check. The payment will be up to $300 per month for each qualifying child under age 6 and up to $250 per month for each qualifying child ages 6 to 17. The IRS will issue advance Child Tax Credit payments on July 15, Aug. 13, Sept. 15, Oct. 15, Nov. 15, and Dec. 15.
See the full press release for more information.
Free webinar on COVID-19 vaccine and kids
Join the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the state Department of Health, and Kaiser Permanente Washington for a conversation about vaccinating children and what families can expect next school year.
The webinar is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on June 16. ASL and Spanish interpretation will be provided.
The panel plans to address:
- The latest guidance from the state health officials, and how parents and families can stay up-to-date over the summer.
- What do families need to know about COVID-19 vaccines, and how they affect children?
- What do parents and families of children under 12 need to know?
- How safe is it for children to go back to in-person school in the fall?
- What should parents and families of students with disabilities and health needs know?
- How best can parents and families talk to their children today to address their concerns?
You can mostly go without a mask once you are fully vaccinated
One of the best things about being fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final shot), is that you can show your smile again! Masks are still needed in some situations, and many people may be more comfortable wearing one, so please remember to be kind. #VaxUpSnoCo