Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 21-14 on August 9, 2021, which requires health-care workers to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccination by October 18, 2021.
Those entitled to a “disability-related reasonable accommodation or a sincerely held religious belief accommodation” by law are exempt from this requirement.
The proclamation specifically identifies massage therapy as a health-care setting where a vaccine will be required, including:
- Massage therapy offices (this includes designated areas where massage is administered within non-health-care settings like spas and wellness/fitness centers)
- Chiropractic offices
“Fully vaccinated” is defined as two weeks after the final shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after the single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Finally, current mask and personal protective equipment requirements remain in place regardless of whether one is vaccinated. Violators may be subject to criminal penalties.
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