AACC COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan

Latest updates as of September 13, 2021:

  • AACC is now requiring all meeting participants to be vaccinated, and for all meeting participants to have received a negative PCR or antigen COVID-19 test within 3 days of arriving at the convention center.

  • For people who still need a COVID-19 test when they arrive at the meeting, AACC will be providing onsite testing (sponsored by LumiraDx) outside the main convention center doors on a first come, first served basis. 

  • All persons within the AACC meeting campus must also wear a face mask always covering their nose and mouth when indoors. The one exception to this is if you are eating or drinking.

Learn more about AACC's Right of Entry Protocol and how to provide proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test result if you're:

View our health and safety FAQ, as well as our tips for how to mitigate COVID-19 risk while traveling.

As AACC plans for a rewarding 2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo, the health and well-being of our community remains our top priority. AACC’s COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan reflects this commitment, and is a living document that will continue to evolve as we work closely with the Georgia World Congress Center, vendors, and hotels to implement thorough but adaptable COVID-19 safety policies.

AACC will continually update our plans and guidelines as new information becomes available and as environmental conditions change. We will routinely share all updates on evolving COVID-19 preparations as we actively work to plan for a healthy and productive event. Our current preparations include but are not limited to the following:

Enhanced Cleaning

The Georgia World Congress Center has received GBAC Star accreditation, indicating that it follows rigorous cleaning, disinfection, and disease prevention protocols.

Social Distancing

Signage will be used to encourage social distancing, plexiglass separations will be placed at points of sale, and educational session times will be staggered to reduce the number of attendees in common areas.

Name Badges

To limit onsite queuing, name badges will be mailed ahead of arrival to Atlanta All Access (in-person full conference) and Expo Only (in-person) attendees who register before August 30.


In the convention center, hotels, and hotel shuttles, masks are required for all attendees.

Onsite Medical

First aid staff will be located at stations in the Georgia World Congress Center and will be able to assist attendees or exhibitors as needed.

Hand Sanitizer

Contactless hand sanitizing stations will be present throughout the building for use by all individuals.

Skilled Staff

All convention center employees have received coronavirus safety training and AACC Meetings staff have earned Pandemic Meeting & Event Design certification.

Personal Accountability Commitment

By attending this meeting, you agree to abide by and engage in conduct that is beneficial to health and safety while at the event. This includes not attending the meeting if you are ill.

Register for 2021 AACC

Join us in Atlanta, Georgia, September 26-30 to explore the cutting-edge science and technology shaping the future of laboratory medicine.

AACC’s COVID-19 Safety Plan

Check out the latest updates as of September 13 on onsite COVID-19 testing at the meeting and how to mitigate your COVID-19 risk while traveling.