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The conference for essential hospital leaders.

June 22-24 | BOSTON
VITAL2022

COVID Information

America’s Essential Hospitals is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and its impact on our members. As always, the health and safety of our members and staff is of utmost importance, and we are taking steps to provide a safe and healthy environment for all. VITAL2022 will comply with the latest guidance on best practices for health and safety as provided by relevant government and health agencies.


  • What COVID-19 precautions will the association take at VITAL2022?
  • Is America’s Essential Hospitals requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all attendees?
  • How will America’s Essential Hospitals verify the vaccination requirement?
  • Are America’s Essential Hospital staff vaccinated?
What COVID-19 precautions will the association take at VITAL2022?

VITAL2022 COVID-19 policies include, but are not limited to:  

  • COVID-19 vaccine requirement; 
  • appropriate physical distancing in meeting rooms; and 
  • clear signage about safety protocols. 

Additionally, we will make widely available at this event: 

  • facial masks and antibacterial hand sanitizer; 
  • antibacterial wipes for podiums and other surfaces; and 
  • individual hand sanitizer wipes on the registration desk. 

In addition to the above protocols, the Boston Westin Seaport District follows the city of Boston’s guidelinesThese are subject to change. 

Is America’s Essential Hospitals requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all attendees?

Yes. We require all registrants to be up to date on coronavirus vaccinations before participating in the in-person conference.* We are unable to accept alternatives to vaccination, such as a negative COVID-19 test or immunity from prior infection.  

These requirements are consistent with a growing trend for conferences and other events and activities. 

*In accordance with America’s Essential Hospitals policy, up-to-date vaccination status is defined as having received the last required dose of a CDC- or WHO-recognized COVID-19 vaccine and a follow-up booster shot, if applicable, at least two weeks before the start date of the conference or event. 

How will America’s Essential Hospitals verify the vaccination requirement?

America’s Essential Hospitals has contracted with CLEAR Health Pass to coordinate verification of all documentation related to vaccinations. All attendees must use CLEAR Health Pass to verify vaccine status.  

Closer to the event, all registered attendees will receive an email from America’s Essential Hospitals with instructions on how to upload your vaccination card. We strongly suggest anyone planning to attend VITAL2022 upload your verification before arrival, as on-site verification might delay your conference experience. Once your vaccination record has been uploaded to the platform, it can take up to 30 minutes to verify your status. We encourage all attendees to complete this process at least 24 hours before the event.

Are America’s Essential Hospital staff vaccinated?

America’s Essential Hospitals requires all employees to be up to date on coronavirus vaccinations.

  • Is America’s Essential Hospitals requiring masks at the conference?
  • Will you require attendees to practice physical distancing at the conference?
  • What if I’m not comfortable shaking hands?
  • Will you provide personal protective equipment on-site?
Is America’s Essential Hospitals requiring masks at the conference?

We strongly encourage attendees to bring their own masks that cover the nose and mouth, fit snugly against the sides of the face, and can be worn comfortably.

Masks will be available on-site if you need one.

Will you require attendees to practice physical distancing at the conference?

Currently, there are no physical distancing mandates in Boston. However, we ask attendees to be mindful of fellow attendees who might be less comfortable with close contact or sharing spaces. Attendees will have the option to add stickers to their badge to indicate their comfort level for close contact.

What if I’m not comfortable shaking hands?

We encourage all attendees to be aware of and use new and alternative business meeting etiquette. Optional badge stickers will be available to display your personal preferences for how other attendees will expect to engage with you.

Will you provide personal protective equipment on-site?

Masks will be available on-site, and attendees will be reminded by event personnel to wear a properly fitted mask. Hand-sanitizing stations will be available throughout the conference space, and disposable disinfectant cloths, such as Lysol or Clorox wipes, will be available to wipe down shared space and equipment.

VITAL2022 Vaccination Requirement

America’s Essential Hospitals is requiring all event attendees to be up-to-date on vaccines against COVID-19 before participating in any in-person association event.* We are working with CLEAR Healthpass to collect and process the vaccination documentation and more information will be made available closer to the event. Additionally, all event staff and attendees are required to wear masks. Masks will be available on-site if needed.

This requirement is consistent with the association’s policy for our staff and is becoming standard practice for in-person conferences and other events and activities.

*In accordance with America’s Essential Hospitals policy, up-to-date vaccination status is defined as having received the last required dose of a CDC- or WHO-recognized COVID-19 vaccine and a follow-up booster shot, if applicable, at least two weeks before the start date of the conference or event.

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