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COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 12 and older get a COVID-19 vaccination to help prevent the spread of disease. To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, everyone should plan to wear a mask indoors.

People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization can travel safely within the United States.

IRE takes the health and safety of all attendees at its events seriously and follows the guidelines of CDC. All in-person attendees at the October DBEI Symposium must be fully vaccinated.

A person is considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. 

Final doses must be completed by Wednesday, Oct. 6, to attend the symposium in person.

If a conference participant — registrant, speaker, IRE staff — does not meet these requirements, they will not be allowed to enter in person. They will have the option of attending virtually. 

To request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccine requirement, please complete this confidential form. IRE has the sole discretion to approve or not approve the request.

In accordance with local regulations, masks are required indoors even if you are vaccinated.

IRE will work with the hotel to provide hand sanitization stations throughout the event spaces. Distanced seating sections will be available in meeting rooms to accommodate various levels of comfort. Due to this social distancing, some in-person events may be limited due to on-site venue space capacities. 

You should not attend the conference if you are experiencing or exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or if you were exposed to a person with a positive, confirmed case of COVID-19 within the 14 days before the event begins. For a list of symptoms from the CDC, click here.

IRE will continue to monitor CDC guidelines and any state/local ordinances and will inform attendees of any changes to this safety protocol.

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