September 20, 2022
Attendees at this year’s in-person Clinical Congress should be aware of COVID-19 vaccination and masking requirements prior to their travel to San Diego, CA. The policy was last updated on September 19. The ACS will continually review global conditions and reserves the right to update and/or change this policy as needed and at any time.
In order to pick up a registration badge, attendees must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (all recommended vaccines and boosters when eligible) or complete the alternate pathway. See the COVID vaccination requirements on the Clinical Congress website.
Research Shows COVID-19 Precautions Work at Surgical Meetings
Supporting the ACS’s COVID vaccination policy, recent research has shown that a strong, effective COVID-19 prevention strategy can make an academic surgical conference a safe experience. A study based on the February 2022 Academic Surgical Congress and published this month looked at the COVID-19 infection rate at the meeting, which was held at the peak of Omicron surge. The numbers suggested that in-person attendees had no greater chance of contracting COVID-19 than virtual attendees.