HIMSS21 Health and Safety Hub

Be the Change, Safely, Together

Welcome to the HIMSS21 Health and Safety Hub. This webpage will be updated with information about HIMSS’s plans for health and safety protocols for attendees, exhibitors and staff at HIMSS21. HIMSS will continue to update the page, so please check back for news and additional guidance as we refine our planning.

  • HIMSS has adopted a “Vaccination Required” approach for all attendees, exhibitors and HIMSS staff at HIMSS21. In practice, this means all HIMSS21 attendees, exhibitors and HIMSS staff will have to provide proof of their COVID-19 “full vaccination” in order to gain access to the HIMSS21 campus.    
     
  • For the purposes of right of entry to HIMSS21, a person is considered fully vaccinated:
    • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, or
       
    • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
       
  • This guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (i.e., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines), and COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (i.e., AstraZeneca/Oxford), as of May 10, 20211.
     
  • If an attendee, exhibitor or HIMSS staff member does not meet these requirements, they are NOT considered fully vaccinated and will not be permitted to enter the HIMSS21 campus.
     
  • To demonstrate proof of full vaccination for right of entry to the HIMSS21 campus, HIMSS is evaluating validation solutions with a focus on accessible, privacy-preserving technologies. We will provide attendees, exhibitors and HIMSS staff further guidance in the coming weeks on accepted proof and validation solutions. 
     
  • Additionally, HIMSS recommends all attendees, exhibitors and HIMSS staff comply with travel guidelines issued by the CDC when traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • HIMSS is working with our venue partners to provide rigorous on-site cleaning of all venue locations. Specifically, the venues and site locations for HIMSS21 programming will comply with rigorous cleaning and health protocols, including but not limited to use of EPA-approved cleaning solutions; increased frequency in the routine cleaning of front-of-house and back-of-house high-touch areas; installation of sanitization stations that include hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes; and upgraded HVAC systems that allow increased ventilation and filtration and improve ambient air quality.
     
  • All on-site health and safety measures for cleaning and capacity utilization will meet or exceed applicable guidelines.
  • Why is HIMSS insisting on full vaccination?
    • After careful consideration and consultation with internal and external health and safety experts, HIMSS has determined that HIMSS21 can be the most robust, productive and interactive conference possible by requiring vaccinations for entry.
       
  • How will HIMSS validate the “Vaccination Required” approach?
    • HIMSS is assessing solutions for validating vaccination status. HIMSS will likely utilize one or more digital health applications to confirm that the vaccination status of each attendee, exhibitor and HIMSS staff member complies with the applicable right of entry protocols. HIMSS will continue to look to evolving guidance and best practices to implement the “Vaccination Required” approach.
       
    • The anticipated tool(s) will display a HIMSS21 pass status that will be checked (along with a HIMSS21 badge) to permit entry for attendees, exhibitors and HIMSS staff onto the HIMSS21 campus.
       
  • What will be different in the HIMSS21 exhibit hall?
    • All booths will have sanitization resources and will be required to use EPA-approved cleaning solutions. Increased cleaning protocols will be implemented, including for any high-touch areas and/or demonstration products. Additionally, in the exhibit hall, HIMSS will facilitate appropriate space between and within booths and exhibitor sites. There will also be additional efforts to alleviate any potential congestion. 
       
  • What will be different in the HIMSS21 speaker and education sessions?
    • In education sessions, speakers will use face shields or other protective measures when presenting. HIMSS will make efforts to ensure panels of speakers are spaced as much as practicable. 
       
    • Attendee/audience seating may be modified to allow for compliance with reduced capacity guidelines, and room sets may be modified to accommodate increased spacing. Overflow seating and live stream simulcast may be implemented for certain presentations.
       
  • What will be different in the HIMSS21 networking events?
    • HIMSS is still exploring best practices for on-site networking events. We will work to offer robust opportunities to engage with your peers and colleagues on-site, with modifications to traditional event settings that help mitigate risks. Specifically, events may include access to outdoor areas, individually portioned food/beverage, alternative food/beverage service protocols, adjusted spacing, and other accommodations. Please stay tuned for more details about specific HIMSS21 networking events.
       
  • Will I be required to wear a mask on the HIMSS21 campus?
    • HIMSS is currently assessing evolving public health guidance regarding the use of masks in large gathering settings. We will provide additional guidance on mask wearing on the HIMSS21 campus on or before July 19, 2021.
       
  • What if I have additional questions?
    • HIMSS will continue to update this website and provide additional communications to exhibitors and attendees; please check back regularly.
    • If you have additional questions please contact: himssregistration@himss.org for attendee questions or exhibitors@himss.org for exhibitor questions