ACE 2021 Health and Safety Information

IJCAHPO is committed to keeping your health and safety a priority. The ACE team is continuing to monitor health and safety protocols of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the City of New Orleans to ensure the well-being of all attendees and staff on-site at ACE 2021. Please continue to visit this page for ACE 2021 updates.

IJCAHPO is working with the Hilton New Orleans Riverside regarding current health and safety guidelines for ACE 2021. The on-site program has been designed to allow for social distancing and sanitization requirements during all educational sessions and social events. IJCAHPO will continue to follow all health and safety guidelines and on-site attendees/staff will be required to comply with all protocols.  

Important Note: All attendees voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 when attending ACE 2021 meetings and events. All program participants will be required to follow all hotel protocols.

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Vaccination Requirement
IJCAHPO’s leadership has endorsed the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s directive which requires that all on-site meeting participants, including staff, exhibitors, and guests, will be required to be fully vaccinated and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before being allowed to participate in ACE and AAO activities in New Orleans.

Prior to arriving on site, attendees will be asked to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Details will be sent to on-site registrants prior to the program.

Accepted Vaccines
Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen
Serum Institute of India: Covishield
Sinovac: CoronaVac

Unvaccinated Individuals/Individuals with Medical or Religious Exemptions for Vaccination
You can still participate in AAO 2021 by registering for the virtual option.

Recovered From COVID, Have Antibodies
The CDC strongly advises that all who have had COVID should also be vaccinated. In light of this evidence, IJCAHPO is requiring all attendees be fully vaccinated by November 10, 2021, in order to attend the in-person meeting in New Orleans.

Definition of Fully Vaccinated
By November 10, 2021, you must be 2 weeks post your final dose:
- Second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or
- The one shot of a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

Not Fully Vaccinated by November 10, 2021
You can still participate in ACE 2021 by registering for the virtual option.

New Orleans has implemented a mask mandate. IJCAHPO encourages all attendees to wear masks regardless of any mandates.

Registering On-site
To register on-site, you will need your proof of vaccination approval to access ACE 2021. Online registration will remain open throughout the meeting. IJCAHPO highly recommends that you register in advance.

Spouses, Children and Family Members
Spouses, children or family members who may be accompanying you to the ACE 2021 program and events must follow the vaccination guidelines.
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