Health and Safety Protocols - Scientific Sessions 2021

Health and Safety Protocols as of August 27, 2021

Important Information Regarding In-Person attendance at the AHA’s Scientific Sessions 2021 and Resuscitation Science Symposium

Due to the rise in COVID cases and the highly contagious Delta variant, the American Heart Association is requiring all Scientific Sessions 2021 in-person participants to be fully vaccinated or to have a negative COVID-19 test


COVID-19 Test Protocol

  • For guests who are not fully vaccinated, proof of a negative COVID-19 test will be required to attend the AHA’s Scientific Sessions 2021 in-person at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and any other official event locations in Boston.
  • Please note: a rapid COVID-19 test will be accepted.
  • The COVID-19 test needs to be administered no earlier than Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021.
  • On-site COVID-19 testing will be available for attendees who are unable to get tested in advance. Please note this could delay your entry to the conference.
  • We highly encourage all participants to get tested and have the results prior to arrival in order to avoid an on-site COVID-19 test, which will delay entry to the event.

COVID-19 Vaccination Protocol

  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (all shots received by October 31, 2021) will be required for registration and entry to the event.
  • A COVID-19 vaccination card and government-issued ID are required at registration on-site at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
  • Please note: a digital photo of your COVID-19 vaccination card on your mobile phone will be accepted.
  • Attendees who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (all shots received by October 31, 2021) are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test.

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination by October 31, 2021, or a negative COVID-19 test conducted no earlier than November 9, 2021, is required in-person in order to access Scientific Sessions 2021 events held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center or any official AHA events held at other locations in Boston.

Face masks that cover the nose and mouth are required of all attendees, staff and vendors at all times inside the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center or inside any other official event locations except when eating or drinking, as recommended by the CDC.

As a science-based organization, the AHA continues to follow the guidance of the CDC and state and local health departments, and this guidance will continue to evolve. Protecting the health and safety of all participants remains our top priority.

For AHA’s COVID-19 resources, visit www.heart.org/coronavirus-resources

For COVID-19 guidance from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Scientific Sessions 2021 In-person Protocols

As a public health organization, the American Heart Association (AHA) is committed to science-based safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Chief Medical Officer for Prevention Dr. Eduardo Sanchez leads the ongoing evolution of the American Heart Association’s safety protocols, which follow the latest scientific evidence and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Sanchez serves as an adviser to the CDC and previously served as the Texas Commissioner of Health.

Our protocols will continue to evolve to align with guidance from the CDC and state and local health authorities until the conference in November, and we will keep all participants updated on any adjustments.

Protocols for the AHA’s Scientific Sessions 2021 currently include:

  • In accordance with current CDC guidelines, face masks that cover the nose and mouth will be required for all attendees, staff and vendors at all times inside the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center or inside any other official events except when eating or drinking.
  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination by October 31, 2021, or a negative COVID-19 test conducted no earlier than November 9, 2021, is required in-person in order to access Scientific Sessions 2021 events held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center or any official AHA events held at other locations in Boston.
  • Frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing are recommended. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) for easy access.
  • Security staff will be positioned throughout the center to ensure health and safety protocols are being met, including social distancing.
  • Enhanced cleaning and safety protocols will be in place throughout BCEC. Common areas, including doorways, elevators, escalators, networking areas, concessions and restrooms will be sanitized frequently throughout the day. Extensive cleaning and disinfecting will be done at the conclusion of the events each day.
  • We are working with the BCEC to plan maximum capacity levels for each meeting room that also allow for social distancing and spacing needs.
  • Aisles throughout the exhibit hall will be expanded, and one-way aisles will be implemented as needed to ensure safe distancing of all attendees.
  • The exhibition hall will be arranged with appropriate distancing between exhibits.