Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President
The AAFS Board of Directors met recently to discuss appropriate safeguards to help ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of all attendees at our upcoming annual conference in Seattle in February 2022. Due to the current national COVID-19 pandemic and in light of the continued spread and recent Omicron variant, the Board has determined that only vaccinated individuals will be permitted to attend our meeting in person. The decision was made, in part, because of the logistical difficulties that would be encountered during conference week in monitoring the required testing results of those in the unvaccinated category. We believe that requiring vaccinations for in-person attendees also helps safeguard those attendees who may be immune compromised or who have health conditions that may have reduced the efficacy of their vaccinations.
For those who prefer to attend remotely, we will be providing some of the workshops and scientific sessions in our hybrid (virtual) option. Please feel free to make appropriate arrangements to attend any of these sessions via remote link.
For those of you who have already registered for the in-person conference, you may receive a refund of your full registration fee or refund of the difference in the amount of the in-person registration versus the hybrid one. Again, not all content will be provided with the hybrid option, but much of it will.
We understand and regret that this may be disappointing to some members, but we hope that you will understand the decision to require vaccinations is intended to afford protection for all attendees. For those who have received their full initial vaccinations (two Moderna or Pfizer shots or one Johnson and Johnson shot), please click HERE to upload a copy of your vaccination card. This link will also be posted prominently on our website. Additionally, the Board encourages those who are eligible to also obtain a booster shot prior to our conference.
We look forward to seeing you in Seattle and hope that others will join us online to view some of our content via our on-demand or livestream options.