Safety First

The American Academy of Optometry is looking forward to reuniting with our Fellows and loyal attendees in Boston. We know many are eager to attend, network with colleagues, reunite with fellow alum, and share in the fellowship which is synonymous with the annual meeting. However, we also know others may be on the fence regarding registering and attending in person.

With that in mind, the Board of Directors continues to meet, review, and discuss all safety protocols which will be implemented on-site:

  • Prior to attending the meeting, all registered attendees will be required to attest that they have either:
      1. Received a completed vaccine (completed means both doses plus the two-week “incubation period” following the second dose) and/or;
      2. Received a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours prior to arriving at the annual meeting.
  • To make this easier for currently registered attendees, please take a moment and complete this brief form and your attestation will be added to your registration. It is important you complete this in ADVANCE of reaching Registration in Boston to avoid any delays in picking up your registration badge and materials.
    • For those who have not registered and are still considering, this has now been added to the registration form and you will complete it at the time of registration.

Please scroll down to read more about the entirety of safety procedures the Academy will have in place to keep everyone safe.

Best of Academy 2021 Boston

Recognizing there are still loyal Fellows and attendees who may not be able to travel due to health concerns, employment travel restrictions still in place, or simply do not want to travel, we will be offering a virtual meeting, following the in-person Boston meeting, December 3-5. Best of Academy 2021 Boston will offer up to 20 hours of continuing education to be viewed in the safety of your home or office. More details will be shared in future communications.

Health & Safety Guidelines

Our top priority is the health and safety of all Academy 2021 Boston attendees, corporate partners, exhibitors, and staff. In planning for a live meeting and in partnership with the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), the Academy will adhere to all local, state, and CDC regulations and guidelines.

While health and safety guidelines continue to evolve, the Academy will abide by all recommendations in place which will include:

  • Required use of masks within the BCEC (this was recently mandated by the City of Boston);
  • Increased spacing to enable social distancing in all areas of the meeting, including session rooms, exhibit hall, lounges, and public spaces;
  • Increased directional signage within the BCEC to direct attendee traffic;
  • Additional signage to remind attendees about social distancing, handwashing, mask requirements, etc.;
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations throughout the BCEC;
  • Enhanced cleaning schedules and filtration systems within the BCEC.

For specific Massachusetts guidelines, click here.