2022 Health and Safety

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

As a scientific society working in the life sciences, FASEB supports vaccines and vaccine research as essential tools in the fight against disease, including the current pandemic. For the health and safety of our members and community, FASEB is requiring all in-person conference participants to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination is required for all in-person conference participants. Conference participants will be asked for verification of COVID vaccination records before receiving credentials to access the in-person conference. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated as currently defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which includes World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. The CDC lists authorized vaccines by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and those authorized by the WHO. FASEB encourages all participants to obtain a booster dose as well.

COVID-19 Protocols

FASEB will communicate additional, conference-specific, safety information closer to each meeting and will update participants accordingly. Additional details provided may include verification of vaccination process, masks wearing policies, social distancing, daily health self-assessments, venue related health protocols, local testing locations and fees, etc. 

Any guidelines in effect at the conference location will be considered the minimum requirements. FASEB reserves the right to impose more stringent requirements, including mask-wearing protocols, at its in-person conferences. 

In-person conference participants who are not in compliance with the COVID-19 guidelines issued for a FASEB conference will not be admitted to the event and/or will be asked to leave without a refund. 

This is a very fluid time, and FASEB will continue to evaluate what is needed to ensure you are comfortable and we meet safely.  

Health and Safety FAQs

Do 2022 SRC participants have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend?  
Yes. All participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend.  

Will I also need to provide proof of a COVID-19 booster shot to attend?  
As of February 2022, fully vaccinated is defined by the CDC as two weeks after the final dose of a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose approved vaccine. Should that change, FASEB will follow the CDC definition of fully vaccinated.  

By what date do I need to be vaccinated to attend an SRC?  
Participants should complete their final vaccine at least two weeks prior to the starting date of the respective SRC to be considered fully vaccinated. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated as currently defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which includes World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.  

How and when is my COVID-19 vaccination verified to attend an SRC?  
Attendees must produce documentation showing that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). As of December 2021, fully vaccinated is defined by the CDC as two weeks after the final dose of a 2-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose approved vaccine. Should that change, the SRCs will follow the CDC definition of fully vaccinated. Attendees will need to show documentation proving their vaccination status, either digitally or with the actual card, in order to pick up their badge.  

Can I attend with proof of a negative COVID-19 test instead of proof of vaccination against COVID-19?  
A negative COVID-19 test will not be accepted as a substitution for being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  

Will exceptions to your COVID-19 vaccine requirement be accepted?  
Exceptions cannot be accommodated.  

Are masks required at the 2022 SRCs? 
FASEB will be monitoring the CDC guidelines and local requirements for each SRC and will communicate guidance to registered participants prior to the start of their conference.  

What happens if someone does not comply with 2022 SRC health and safety measures?  
Health and safety measures implemented by FASEB before the meeting or onsite are subject to change. Failure to adhere to these health and safety measures may result in prohibiting entrance to, or removal from the conference without a refund.  

How will I know if I have been close to someone with COVID at an SRC? 
All SRC participants are encouraged to download the local COVID alert app. These apps usually allow you to opt-in to receive alerts if you have had a potential exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.  

Where can I get a COVID-19 test for my flight home? 
Information on testing at each SRC destination will be communicated to registered attendees prior to the conference.  

Can I bring guests/children to the conference?  
Guests/Children are permitted at the conference and are subject to the same policies (including the vaccination requirement) as the main registrant. They must be registered and must also pay for the meal plan.  

What if I test positive during an SRC?  
COVID-19 can be contracted anywhere and anytime. Be prepared for the possibility that an infection occurs while attending an SRC. All SRC participants should complete a daily self-assessment using the CDC’s COVID-19 Self-Checker.  

We strongly suggest that all attendees purchase travel insurance (if their employer does not currently provide coverage) with an Epidemic Coverage Endorsement that addresses the following situations:  

  • Trip Cancellation, if, for example, you must cancel your trip after being diagnosed with COVID-19.  
  • Trip Interruption, if, for example, during your trip you are specifically named and individually ordered to quarantine (not including general or broadly applicable quarantines).  
  • Travel Delay, if, for example, you are denied boarding based on a suspicion that you are ill with an epidemic disease such as COVID-19.  
  • Emergency Medical Care, if, for example, you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and need to be hospitalized while traveling.  
  • Emergency Transportation, if, for example, you’re diagnosed with an epidemic disease such as COVID-19 while you’re traveling, and you require an emergency medical evacuation.  

These policies are widely available from any number of companies that specialize in travel insurance.  

If you experience any symptoms before picking up your conference badge or develop symptoms while onsite, do not enter the conference space. Please get tested at one of the local testing sites (scheduling and fees are the responsibility of the participant).  

Read these steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick.  

Other COVID-19 Resources 

Please see a selection of resources below to assist you with your travel and safety inquiries:   

Access the latest information on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)· Access the latest information on COVID-19 from the World Health Organization (WHO).  

For the most current COVID-19 protocols during travel, please make sure to check with your destinations country’s local embassy, as well as your airline, hotel, and other transportation providers.  

Still Have Questions? Contact us.  

*All FASEB Health and Safety policies are subject to change. Please bookmark this page to stay informed. Substantial updates will be sent to all registered attendees.