SC21 Updates Safety Protocol for On-site Attendees

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SC21 has issued an update about on-site safety protocols at its annual conference, to be held November 14–19, 2021 in St. Louis. Following are highlights of their statement released today:

Proof of Vaccination: SC21 will require all in-person attendees, exhibitors, volunteers, and SC21 staff to be fully vaccinated. In order to pick up your registration badge, you must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination from one of the FDA or World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccines.

  • U.S.-Based Attendees: SC21 will use CLEAR to administer proof of vaccination for U.S.-based attendees. CLEAR’s free mobile app and Health Pass feature provides a simple and secure way for this information to be shared.
  • Non-U.S.-Based Attendees: You are required to present an original, copy, or electronic photo of the CDC vaccination card or similar documentation issued by your local government jurisdiction.

Face Coverings: St. Louis requires those ages 5 and older to wear masks in indoor public spaces and on public transportation.

Social Distancing: Space planning in all meeting rooms will include social distancing.

SC21 may enforce additional requirements, particularly to align with CDC guidelines for masking and social distancing at the time of the meeting.

Hygiene: Masks and hand sanitizer stations will be readily available in the America’s Center.

Cleaning: The conference venue, the America’s Center, is a Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) STAR Facility Accreditation for their commitment to ensuring a clean, safe, and healthy environment for our employees, customers and stakeholders. The accreditation means America’s Center has:

  • Established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus.
  • The proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease.
  • Highly informed cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.

Before You Travel

We will continue to closely monitor specific travel advisories through official channels, which include the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as safety guidelines at the local and state levels.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC

Before traveling to the conference, we recommend that you stay informed of any information your local health agencies may make available and take reasonable precautions to protect yourself. SC21 continues to closely monitor this dynamic situation and will provide updates with any developments and reserves the right to make changes as needed.