AACC COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan

AACC is fully committed to holding a successful in-person meeting at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, IL, USA this summer. AACC’s priority is always the health and well-being of our community. We are therefore working closely with the McCormick Place Convention Center, City of Chicago, vendor partners, and hotels to implement thorough but adaptable COVID-19 safety protocols. These protocols will meet or exceed all recommendations and safety procedures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Illinois, and the City of Chicago, as well as industry standards. Please note that these protocols are also subject to change.

Personal Accountability Commitment

By attending the 2022 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo in Chicago, IL, you agree to abide by and engage in conduct that is beneficial to health and safety while at the event.

Right of Entry Protocol

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster OR proof of a negative PCR coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of your first day at the meeting will be required to attend the 2022 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. At home COVID-19 test results will not be accepted. Individuals who are unable to provide one of these things will not be permitted to enter the meeting.

Accepted COVID-19 vaccines are listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and include those authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (i.e., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines), as well as COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) (i.e., AstraZeneca/Oxford, Covishield, Sinopharm, and Sinovac). The full list of vaccines with final WHO EUL/PQ evaluation status is available here.


Masks are required for all attendees in the convention center, hotels, and aboard the hotel shuttles.


The McCormick Place convention center received GBAC Star accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of ISSA Inc., the leading association for the cleaning industry. Accreditation is awarded to facilities that follow a high standard of cleaning, disinfection, and disease prevention and that follow proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols and workplace practices.

Learn more about McCormick Place's health and safety measures with Healthy Meetings Chicago, an interactive digital platform that showcases what an attendee will experience when arriving for an event at the convention center.


Choose Chicago is actively monitoring developments surrounding coronavirus as the health and safety of visitors is their top priority. Hospitality partners throughout Chicago are implementing new and enhanced procedures to safeguard Chicago guests.

You can learn more about Chicago’s COVID-19 health and safety procedures for the airport, transportation, hotels, and restaurants here: https://www.choosechicago.com/plan-your-trip/covid-19/

Register for 2022 AACC

Join us in Chicago, July 24-28 to explore the cutting-edge science and technology shaping the future of laboratory medicine.

Explore the Conference Program

2022 AACC offers something for everyone in laboratory medicine, from Plenaries featuring world-renowned scientists to intimate Roundtables.