Health and Safety Resources

Safely Reunite in San Diego!

Last updated 8/27/2021

Masks and proof of vaccination are required at the AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting. If you are feeling sick prior to the meeting, do not attend.

Your safety is our priority. As the trusted leader in musculoskeletal healthcare, the AAOS is working diligently with our partners and vendors to ensure the necessary safety measures are in place. We are committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for all our attendees, exhibitors, San Diego Convention Center workers, AAOS staff and the community. 

Throughout our planning, the AAOS has followed best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and abided by the legal mandates and recommendations from both the State of California and County of San Diego.

Face Coverings/Mask Requirement

Masks are required at the AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting.

According to the CDC, infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

Proof of Vaccination 

Guided by the State of California mandates for meetings and events over 5,000 people, AAOS is requiring that ALL attendees and exhibitors be vaccinated or present a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the first day registrants are attending the Annual Meeting.

Domestic attendees or exhibitors who are verifying their vaccinations onsite, or providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of traveling to the event, must bring their proof to the Health Screen Station onsite at the San Diego Convention Center.

On-Site Protocol for Individuals Feeling Ill or Suspect Exposure to COVID

AAOS staff will be monitoring, to the extent possible, for individuals who may be exhibiting symptoms. Due to the high rates of vaccination among attendees and the AAOS mask requirement, an outbreak during the meeting is unlikely. As of August 26, 6,000 registrants have completed the vaccine verification via the Safe Expo Portal. These two steps taken together substantially reduce the risk of COVID transmission.

Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. In the event an AAOS Annual Meeting attendee, staff or otherwise, falls ill with COVID, the AAOS adheres to local, state, and federal guidelines and will coordinate with the San Diego Public Health Authorities to ensure the proper steps are taken and protocols are followed for positive test results.

  • If a meeting attendee or other person begins to feel ill during the meeting, they are to report to the on-site Emergency Medical Services for evaluation.  If the EMS suspects COVID, they will be asked to leave the convention center, wear a mask, maintain social distance, and seek appropriate medical care.   
  • AAOS Annual Meeting attendees may obtain tests at other testing locations. Test results are personal health information and each testing organization will handle individual test results in compliance with their protocols, and those of the local health department. Each individual should consult their testing provider to understand the relevant results processing and how to obtain their results. Individual test results or other personal health information will not be shared directly with AAOS. 
  • The AAOS encourages attendees who have a positive COVID test result to share their results with AAOS staff.
  • Should the AAOS learn of a confirmed COVID case during and/or after the Annual Meeting, attendees will be notified via an email.

Planning for Change

While much has changed in the world around us, what has not changed is AAOS’ commitment to the health and safety of our members, exhibitorsand industry partners. Here’s what we’re doing at-a-glance for a handshake-free meeting to protect your health and peace of mind so you can focus on getting down to business. 

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  • Masks: Masks are required at the AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting. 
  • CleaningHand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the event. All high-touch areas will be placed on a visible continual cleaning and disinfecting routine during event hours and overnight.  
  • Exhibit HallAAOS will apply crowd density standards, in accordance with local and state authorities’ guidance, to control the density of the show floor and community gathering spaces and allow for appropriate physical distancing.   
  • Food & Beverage: Food and beverage will be provided in a no-contact way.