Service & Policy: Vaccination and Masking Policy

ASHA Leadership has set a policy for vaccination and masking for all live events. Proof of full vaccination will be required for all able and eligible individuals to register for an in-person event. Full vaccination is defined as two doses of a two-dose vaccine series (e.g., Pfizer, Moderna) or one dose of a one-dose vaccine series (J&J). Unvaccinated individuals may register for live events, however, a negative PCR/molecular or antigen test administered onsite at the event will be required for participation. The destination may also apply additional conditions and requirements for unvaccinated individuals. We will follow the event destination’s masking requirements and will update our policy at least 30 days in advance of the event.

2022 ASHA Convention Policies

Our responsibility is to keep everyone as safe as possible at the ASHA Convention. This includes determining baseline health and safety requirements for participation, such as vaccination, early in our planning process based on the information we have at the time. The logistics needed to meet the established vaccination policy are already in place, and we will not be changing the policy.

Vaccination 

Proof of full vaccination is required for all able and eligible individuals to register for the in-person ASHA Convention this year. (Go to the Vaccination Verification Instructions to read the instructions and verify your vaccination through CrowdPass.)

Unvaccinated individuals may register, however, a negative PCR/molecular or antigen test administered onsite at the ASHA Convention will be required for participation. You may not provide a negative result from a test taken elsewhere in lieu of testing onsite. Badges will not be mailed in advance to unvaccinated individuals; they may only be picked up onsite at Registration after testing negative. The test required for individuals who decline to provide proof of vaccination is provided at no cost.

Accommodations will not be granted. You must either:

  1. verify your vaccination through CrowdPass in advance,
  2. show your vaccination card or CrowdPass verification code at Registration onsite (your badge will not be mailed in advance, even if you register before the badge mailing cutoff), or
  3. test negative for COVID-19 at our testing room onsite.

Reduced-cost COVID-19 tests will be available to all attendees in our onsite testing room for anyone who wishes to take a test during the ASHA Convention. We encourage everyone to test themselves before, during and after the ASHA Convention.

Masking

As communicable diseases evolve, there may be limitations to vaccines and testing to reduce transmission. Masks continue to be a proven effective preventative measure for large gatherings that can be universally utilized by most participants. We strongly recommend that everyone who is able and eligible, regardless of their vaccination status, wear a mask while participating in all ASHA Convention activities. This policy is subject to change as we approach the event date and the pandemic continues to evolve, so please be prepared to wear a mask if required.

If you are unable to meet these requirements and recommendations, we encourage you to register for the ASHA Convention Virtual Library, which offers an extensive array of pre-recorded sessions, all eligible for continuing education credit.

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

About the Convention

The ASHA Convention is one of the largest professional development events for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the annual Convention offers more than 2,500 sessions eligible for ASHA continuing education credit covering the latest research, clinical skills, and techniques in communication sciences and disorders.

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For inquiries about the ASHA Convention: convention@asha.org

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