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2022 Annual Meeting Health and Safety FAQs

AUA2022 – Announcements

Welcome to the 2022 AUA Annual Meeting Health and Safety Resource Center. This webpage will be regularly updated with information about AUA's health and safety protocols for AUA2022 attendees, exhibitors, vendors, guests and staff so please check back for news and additional guidance as we get closer to AUA2022.

Vaccination Requirement or Negative Test Protocol

Our goal is to host a safe and meaningful Annual Meeting and we remain committed to ensuring full compliance with CDC guidelines, as well as state, local and facility safety regulations.

The AUA will be instituting a COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test Result Entry Protocol for AUA2022.

In practice, this means all AUA2022 in-person attendees, exhibitors, vendors, guests and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide negative test results taken 72-hours or less from the time of entry in order to gain access to any on-site and in-person AUA2022 course, program, event, reception, meeting, etc. There is no higher priority for the AUA than delivering a safe and successful Annual Meeting, and we believe this is the safest approach for the well-being of our audience.

How is Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19 being defined for right of entry into AUA2022?

At this time, a person is considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine
  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, or any World Health Organization-approved vaccine for international participants, as listed below:
    • AstraZeneca/Oxford
    • Covaxin
    • Covishield
    • Novavax
    • Sinopharm
    • Sinovac

This guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines authorized 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).

It also applies to COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization.

Note: To be considered fully vaccinated for the May 12 Annual Meeting start date, your second vaccine shot (or single-dose shot) should be received no later than April 27, 2022.

Will a COVID-19 booster shot ("Third Shot") be required as part of the AUA2022 Vaccination Requirement Protocol?
At this time, booster shots are not required to attend AUA2022 in person.

How will AUA be verifying vaccination of attendees?
The AUA will be contracting with a third-party vendor to manage the vaccine verification process. This will enable meeting attendees, exhibitors, vendors, guests and staff to submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination in advance of traveling on-site for the Annual Meeting. Trust and transparency are top priorities for the AUA. You will not be asked to release any personal health data directly to the AUA. Detailed instructions for how to submit proof of vaccination will be available in the first quarter of 2022.

Do I need to submit proof of vaccination at time of registration?
No, you do not need to submit proof of vaccination at the time you register online for the Annual Meeting. Prior to arriving on-site, attendees, exhibitors, vendors, guests and staff will be asked to provide proof they are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO), or asked to show proof of a negative COVID test taken 72 hours or less upon time of entry.

How do I submit proof of vaccination?
The AUA will be contracting with a third-party vendor to manage the vaccine verification process. Detailed instructions for how to submit proof of vaccination will be available in the first quarter of 2022.

Can I show proof of vaccination on-site at the Annual Meeting?
Yes, you can present proof of vaccination on-site. Further details for how to submit proof of vaccination on-site or prior to the Annual Meeting will be available in the first quarter of 2022.

Are you providing COVID-19 vaccinations on-site?
No. In order to meet the Vaccination Requirement Protocol for on-site/in-person attendance, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attending AUA2022.

Do I need to present negative test results more than once while on-site?
No, negative test results taken 72-hours or less from the time of entry is all that is required to attend the Annual Meeting in-person. On-site testing will be available to support safe arrivals; returning to families and institutions; and to meet travel requirements for departures to international countries of origin. The AUA will provide additional guidance about on-site testing during the first quarter of 2022.

Will the AUA honor any vaccine exemptions for medical or religious reasons or consider a negative COVID test in lieu of proof of vaccination?
Yes, the AUA will accept negative test results taken 72 hours or less from time of entry.