Play Zone opens at Skagit County mass vaccination site

SKAGIT VALLEY, Wash. — For parents who are waiting in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the Skagit County fairgrounds mass vaccination site has opened a new Play Zone for children that is fully stocked with books, toys, games and art supplies.

Opening Tuesday, the Play Zone will be fully staffed by The Children’s Museum of Skagit County and available to those parents who are getting their first dose of the vaccine.

When arriving at the site, visitors will be notified about the Play Zone and, if they wish to participate, parents will be asked to fill out a registration form for their children.

A health screening and masks will be required for all children ages 5 and up, with masks being provided as needed.

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The Play Zone will be frequently sanitized by staff and is partially open to encourage ventilation, so organizers encourage participating children to dress for the weather.

Staff will not be available to help with toilet needs; however, diapers and wipes will be available to parents.

When a child is accepted to the Play Zone, the accompanying parent will receive a pager, which will be used to notify a parent immediately if there is an emergency.

Parents and children will also be given matching wrist bands. Only the individual who drops the child off will be able to pick the child up.

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