Health & Safety
As of May 20, 2022
The leadership of ASTS and AST along with the ATC Program Planning Committee have developed a fantastic In-person Congress experience.
This year, ATC will ALSO offer a Virtual Only Attendee option for those unable to join in Boston.
Program details for the In-person and Virtual Only are available, click here.
Important In-person information is listed below. Please continue to visit this page for additional details as we get closer to ATC 2022.
Boston In-person Entry Protocols
The health and safety of all ATC participants and staff, along with their family members, co-workers and patients, continue to remain our top priority and we’d like to thank you for your support as we plan our next meeting.
COVID-19 Vaccination Required
The ATC 2022 Congress will proceed with a COVID-19 Vaccination Required approach for all attendees, exhibitors, press, and ATC/ASTS/AST staff.
In practice, this means all ATC 2022 attendees, exhibitors, press and ATC/ASTS/AST staff must be fully vaccinated to gain access to the ATC 2022 meeting facilities.
For the purposes of right of entry to ATC 2022, at this time, a person is considered fully vaccinated:
- 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, or
- 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
- Booster doses are strongly encouraged but not required
This guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use and for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (i.e., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines), and COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (i.e., AstraZeneca/Oxford, Covishield, Sinopharm, and Sinovac), on or before June 4, 2022.
The full list of vaccines with final U.S. Federal Drug Administration status and WHO EUL/PQ evaluation status is available.
ATC may expand the list of vaccines, provide more specific guidance regarding mixed vaccination dosing, and/or provide additional guidance regarding boosters as prevailing public health guidance evolves.
How Do I Provide ATC COVID-19 Vaccination Status?
Attendees, Exhibitors, and Press will need to upload their COVID-19 vaccine verification prior to printing a registration badge. Once you have uploaded your COVID-19 vaccine verification, you will receive a confirmation SMS text message or email that must be presented at the Vaccine Verification desks located in Hall A, Plaza Level of the Hynes Convention Center.
Full Details on COVID-19 Upload Instructions
Mask Wearing Inside Boston MCCA Facilities
Masks will be required for all guests, regardless of vaccination status, at all Boston MCCA facilities (includes John B. Hynes Convention Center), Sheraton Boston Hotel, Marriott Copley Hotel, Westin Copley Hotel, and Prudential Center. Masks must be worn except while actively eating or drinking.
Although attendees, exhibitors, press, ATC/ASTS/AST staff are required to be vaccinated, we cannot guarantee the vaccination status of hotel staff and other individuals that you may come in contact with.
Hynes Convention Center Meeting Room Set Ups
ATC scientific session rooms will be set up allowing for socially distanced seating in the front sections of the room. Session rooms will be refeshed and microphones wiped down by Hynes staff during session breaks.
Boston COVID-19 Testing
There are multiple COVID-19 testing locations within walking distance to the John B. Hynes Convention Center.
Boston Logan International Airport provides COVID-19 testing in Terminal C (Departures Level, Pre-Security) and Terminal E (Arrivals Level, Pre-Security). Click below for more information.
COVID-19 testing facilities will not be set up inside the John B. Hynes Convention Center.
ATC recommends all attendees, exhibitors, press and ATC staff comply with travel guidelines issued by the CDC when traveling to Boston, MA. In addition, we expect all individuals will think carefully about any risk they may pose to others and to make informed choices about travel as well as onsite and external engagement.