COVID-19 Policies

Health and Safety Requirements to Attend the APS March Meeting in Chicago

Health and Safety Requirements to Attend

APS is closely monitoring the state of the pandemic—particularly the Omicron variant of COVID-19—in consultation with public health experts. At this time, we are planning for an in-person event with virtual components. The health and safety of APS members, attendees, staff, exhibitors, and the local community is our top priority. All attendees must be fully vaccinated, obtain a negative test result prior to the meeting, complete a daily attestation, and wear a face mask.

Update (March 4, 2022): All health and safety requirements to attend the 2022 March Meeting remain unchanged. Though the CDC has recently relaxed COVID precautions, these requirements are in alignment with the recommendation of an independent occupational health and epidemiology consulting firm. This is a large meeting with some attendees traveling from regions where Omicron variant infection rates are still surging, and data indicates that vaccinations, testing, daily health checks along with masking and social distancing provide the best protection available against infection and severe outcomes. 

Read the FAQ for specific guidelines and vaccination deadline

Vaccination Requirement Details

  • All attendees must be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines prior to attending the meeting with a vaccine approved by the CDC and/or World Health Organization (Pfizer/BioNTech, Johnson and Johnson/Janssen, Moderna, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Covishield, Covaxin, Covovax, Nuvaxovid, Sinopharm, or Sinovac). Booster shots are required, if eligible.
  • All attendees must submit proof of vaccination against COVID-19 via VaccineCheck, a secure online system. There is no charge for VaccineCheck for March Meeting Attendees.
  • All attendees must obtain a negative PCR or antigen test:
    • PCR test: This is the preferred method of testing when possible. A PCR COVID-19 test must have been taken within three days prior to arrival at the McCormick Place Convention Center or *Marriott Marquis Hotel to register for the meeting and get your badge. (*Saturday and Sunday only at the hotel) Nucleic Acid Amplification Test—NAAT, e.g., PCR, RT-PCR, and LAMP are all acceptable.
Badge Pickup DateWhen to Take Your PCR Test
Saturday, March 12Wednesday, March 9
Sunday, March 13Thursday, March 10
Monday, March 14Friday, March 11
Tuesday, March 15Saturday, March 12
Wednesday, March 16Sunday, March 13
Thursday, March 17Monday, March 14
Friday, March 18Tuesday, March 15
  • Antigen test: We understand that some attendees may have trouble obtaining a PCR test in their area. Per the advice of our public health consultants, APS will accept negative results from the following:
    • A rapid antigen test performed at a pharmacy or healthcare provider conducted within one day prior to your arrival at the McCormick Place Convention Center or *Marriott Marquis Hotel to register for the meeting and get your badge. (*Saturday and Sunday only at the hotel)
    • An at-home antigen test that meets the CDC at-home test requirement for travel, including live supervision by a telehealth service conducted, within 24 hours prior to your arrival at the convention center.
  • All attendees must wear an N95, KF94, KN95, or three-ply surgical mask that covers the nose and mouth at all times while on-site. Masks may be removed while presenting or actively eating or drinking. Cloth masks, masks with vent valves, gaiters, face shields, or bandanas are not acceptable.
  • Social distancing shall be practiced at all times and sanitizing stations and regular cleaning of shared surfaces will be conducted at regular intervals.
  • All attendees will be asked to complete an online daily health attestation.
    • Each morning around 5:00 a.m., attendees will receive an email and text message with a link to this health attestation. After correctly answering the health questions, and receiving the "You are CLEARED for the Event!" response, attendees may proceed to the meeting venue.
    • The daily health attestation will serve as the "pass" that attendees must show in order to enter the meeting venue. To expedite entry into the meeting venue, we recommend that attendees take a screenshot of the pass on their mobile devices.