Message from APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD
We continue to believe the in-person Annual Meeting provides for the best opportunity to engage others and learn; however, protecting the health and safety of our attendees is paramount.
- All in-person Annual Meeting attendees and contractors must be fully vaccinated to participate. Full vaccination is defined as two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccine and one shot of the Johnson & Johnson product (or a comparably approved vaccine if you are an international attendee). Please update your registration profile to certify that you are currently fully vaccinated or will have received the J&J vaccine or the second dose of a two dose COVID vaccine at least two weeks prior to Oct. 22.
- Facial mask wearing is required for all indoor activities at the Annual Meeting.
We are committed to doing everything in our power to provide the safest in-person environment and experience. We will provide appropriate physical distancing in meeting rooms and hand sanitizer throughout the meeting venue.
We also recommend getting your annual flu vaccine before attending. Full efficacy of COVID vaccines can take up to six weeks; 14 days for full protection from the influenza vaccine. Please plan accordingly. For those traveling from overseas, please be aware of restrictions placed on your country of origin, as travelers from some countries are required to quarantine for two weeks.
For those of you who are not comfortable traveling or are not able to travel or who are not fully vaccinated, the 2021 Annual Meeting virtual experience is an excellent opportunity to learn and network from home. Over 600 sessions will be held online, along with networking opportunities and the ability to watch recordings of Denver sessions on-demand. No matter how you participate, you will have access to high quality research and learning opportunities.
We will continue to follow the science and monitor federal, state and local guidelines and adjust our policies as needed to ensure a safe and comfortable meeting for all attendees.