Health and Safety FAQs

Why is APSA now requiring fully vaccinated verification only?
With the rise of the Delta variant, we want to ensure our event is as safe as possible to protect our attendees and their families, those who live in our host city, Seattle, and all of the other communities our attendees will return to post-event. We believe this is the responsible way to hold an event at the current time. Health and safety is of utmost importance to APSA. 
Our experienced health and safety provider has recommended this step, and Washington State and the CDC do not recommend travel unless fully vaccinated. 

What does fully vaccinated mean?
Fully vaccinated means 14 days have passed since your final dose. For attendees, this date is September 15, 2021.

Will other health and safety measures remain in place
At this time, we plan to keep all of our 
existing health and safety measures in place.  

Do you accept international  COVID-19 vaccination cards/proof?  
We do accept international COVID-19 vaccination cards/proof. International vaccination proof follows WHO guidance for acceptable vaccines. Please upload proof of vaccination to the portal by September 24. If you have any questions on the international vaccines accepted, please email

What if I did not upload a vaccine card? 
You can show your vaccine card onsite if you’ve forgotten to upload it prior to arrival.  Proof of vaccination must be shown onsite in order to access the meeting space and APSA events. No exceptions will be made. 

If I have been approved for vaccine verification, do I need to bring my vaccination card with me?  
At the screening station on the first day, you will need to show the confirmation PDF and QR code from Safe Expo. You do not need to show your vaccine card if you have already been approved. However, you may want to bring your card with you to Seattle as many restaurants and businesses in the city are starting to require them for entrance.  

What happens after I upload my vaccine card? 
You will receive a purple confirmation screen. You will show this onsite before picking up and printing your badge. If you do not receive approval in advance and are bringing your documentation onsite, Safe Expo staff will help verify your proof of vaccination and provide you with credentials to pick up and print your badge. You will only need to show your confirmation or documentation once in advance of picking up your badge onsite.

Do I need to wear my badge to panels, business meetings, receptions, etc.?
Yes, all attendees must be registered and badged in all APSA events and in all APSA meeting space for the health and safety of all attendees. No exceptions will be made.

What if I am not vaccinated and want to attend in-person?
All attendees must be fully vaccinated to attend the in-person event. No exceptions will be made. 

We do welcome you participate virtually. We also now offer the opportunity for participants to pre-record their presentations. The pre-recorded presentations will be featured on the virtual platform and will have a chatbox for feedback from panelists and other attendees. These presentations will be available before, during, and after the event for up to six months. To participate in this opportunity, sign up here.