Masks and Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Required at International Conference

Andrew J. Halayko, PhD, ATSF
Andrew J. Halayko, PhD, ATSF

Health and safety protocols related to COVID-19 at the ATS 2022 International Conference will include wearing face masks while at conference venues and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all participants.

“We are confident our protocols will help ensure everyone’s safety so they can truly enjoy the conference,” said International Conference Committee Chair Andrew J. Halayko, PhD, ATSF, in a video explaining the health and safety strategy.

ATS 2022, the first International Conference the Society has held in-person since 2019, will take place May 13-18 in San Francisco.

“We know how much our community has been longing to reconnect in person,” said ATS President Lynn M. Schnapp, MD, ATSF, in the video. “At the same time, we are very aware that the health and safety of our attendees, exhibitors, vendors, and staff is of paramount importance during the time of COVID.”

Lynn M. Schnapp, MD, ATSF

Proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination status includes documentation of having received a booster shot by May 6, one week before the start of the conference. No medical or religious exemptions will be granted.

Following registration, conference participants will receive an SMS text message from HealthShield asking for proof of vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. HealthShield also will provide a link to securely upload photos of the registrant’s vaccination card for validation. Upon arrival at the conference, participants will need to present this validation to the security checkpoint before checking in at registration.

Complete instructions for vaccination verification are available on the conference website.

Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the Moscone Center, headquarter hotels, and other venues with conference-related activities.

Health and safety policies for ATS 2022 are subject to change based on revised guidelines from the host state and city, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization, as well as industry best practices. The Health and Safety section of the conference website is regularly updated with the latest information regarding COVID-19 protocols for ATS 2022.

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