ASH Annual Meeting Health and Safety Protocols
We encourage you to monitor this page to stay abreast of the latest updates on health and safety protocols for the 63rd ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition.
The safety of meeting attendees is ASH’s top priority, and we believe the most effective way to ensure the safety of all attendees is for them to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Please note that proof of vaccination will be required for all in-person meeting attendees prior to traveling to Atlanta.
Attendees should be aware that, while ASH will make every effort to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission on site, it is possible that attendees will come in contact with people in airports, hotels, and around the convention center who could potentially carry the virus, which is why ASH is requiring attendees to be fully vaccinated for their own safety, as well as the safety of others.
All ASH staff working at the meeting will be fully vaccinated; however, ASH is not legally able to require local convention center staff to be vaccinated. ASH is working with local entities in Atlanta to develop on-site protocols in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, including requiring all local convention center staff to wear masks.
Prior to arriving on site, attendees will be asked to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). ASH will be contracting with a third-party vendor to manage the verification process. More detailed information will be available in fall of 2021.
For those unable to travel or meet the vaccination requirement, ASH will be offering virtual meeting registration options for its upcoming meetings.
On-Site Safety Measures
Public health guidance on preventing the transmission of COVID-19 continues to evolve, and ASH will base its on-site protocols on the latest guidance from the CDC in addition to local regulations in Atlanta. Registered attendees will be given specific instructions prior to arriving on site. Even though all attendees will be vaccinated, the wearing of protective masks or other personal protective equipment is welcomed, regardless of whether or not it is required at the time of the meeting. In-person attendees will be provided with several kits containing a disposable mask, alcohol wipes, and hand sanitizer in the registration bag to use if they wish, and additional supplies will be available in bins placed throughout the meeting venue.
Similarly, meeting rooms will be set up to accommodate those attendees who prefer more personal space as well as those who prefer to sit closer together, even if social distancing is not mandated at the time of the meeting.
Even though the science now shows that transmission is unlikely to occur from touching surfaces touched by multiple persons (i.e., lecterns and internet stations), staff will clean these regularly to promote healthy sanitation overall.
Rapid COVID-19 Testing
Rapid testing stations will be available for those who experience symptoms on site and for travelers who must show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test in order to board their return flight.
International attendees should always check current travel restrictions to the U.S. on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website before planning your travel, to make sure you will be able to enter the U.S.
63rd ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition:
- Information on health and safety procedures for events hosted in Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA - https://www.gwcca.org/returnplan.
- Timely updates and information on health and safety procedures when traveling to and while in Atlanta, GA - https://discoveratlanta.com/coronavirus/.
ASH encourages attendees to visit their hotel’s website or connecting with a hotel representative for the most up-to-date health and safety information for individual hotels.
Updated on: Jul 30 2021