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COVID-19 Protocol and Requirements for AATS Meetings

The AATS looks forward to welcoming all the attendees to Boston, to our first in-person event in two years. To protect everyone’s health and safety, AATS is following safe COVID protocols. Masks are encouraged but not mandatory given the ongoing presence of COVID. We ask that all registered attendees, staff, and vendors provide proof of vaccination (currently defined as one or two dose vaccine series-no booster required).

We have made it extremely easy for you to verify your vaccination status by uploading your vaccine card to this secure web app link below. This should only take approximately 2-3 minutes. Please note that you will not be able to pick up your meeting badges at registration unless we have a record of your vaccine card.

COVID-19 Vaccine Exemptions:

AATS will consider exemptions to the requirement of vaccination against COVID-19 for attendees at Annual Meeting 2022 on a case-by-case basis for both medical reasons and religious reasons. Please submit your information and upload any paperwork with the reason for your exemption request to the following e-mail at to be considered for a vaccine exemption.

All decisions will be communicated back by Monday, May 9, 2022. All decisions over exemptions requests are final. There is no appeal process. No exemption requests will be taken on-site in Boston.

Exemption requests must be submitted by May 2, 2022, stating the reason for the exemption, and address the relevant criteria below:

Medical Exemption Request:

  • Fully describe any applicable medical condition, contraindication, or precaution for which a COVID-19 vaccination exemption is requested. Please indicate the specific nature of the medical condition or circumstances that contraindicate immunization with a COVID-19 vaccine or that might increase the risk for a serious adverse reaction.
  • Please provide documentation of each medical condition, contraindication, or precaution and indicate whether the CDC recognizes it pursuant to its guidance.
  • Please provide a statement from a qualified medical professional confirming your condition and medical circumstances.

Religious Exemption Request:

  • Fully describe the nature of your religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement and how complying with the COVID-19 vaccination requirement would substantially burden your religious exercise or conflict with your sincerely held religious beliefs, practices, or observances.
  • Please provide any additional information that you think may be helpful in reviewing your request. For example:
    • How long have you held the religious belief underlying your objection?
    • Is your religious exemption to the use of all vaccines, COVID-19 vaccines, a specific type of COVID-19 vaccine, or some other subset of vaccines?
    • Document whether or not you have received vaccines as an adult against any other diseases (such as a flu vaccine or a tetanus vaccine).

The above information applies to all AATS in-person meetings in 2022 including the 102nd Annual Meeting, Aortic Symposium Workshop and the Mitral Conclave Workshop in Boston, MA.

Last Updated May 11, 2022