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COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) holds the health, safety, and well-being of all participants of the GSA 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting as our foremost priority. We are closely monitoring the latest COVID-19 developments reported by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the City of Phoenix, AZ.

GSA will communicate updates regarding the GSA 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting and will ensure that appropriate measures are implemented based on the guidance of health and government authorities.

While we work to ensure our meeting will be a safe and enjoyable experience for all who attend, we know that traveling to a meeting will not be possible for everyone this year. GSA is offering an on-demand access registration option. With this option you will be able to view papers, symposia, and posters on-demand.


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has adopted a Vaccination Required policy for allattendees, exhibitors, press, audio visual and IT support staff, and GSA staff at the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona.

This means that attendees, exhibitors, press, audio visual and IT support staff, and GSA staff arerequired to be fully vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine in order to be permitted to attend the in-person meeting.

"Fully vaccinated” is defined as a person who has received one of the vaccines authorized foremergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or by the World Health Organization,and is:

  • 2 weeks after vaccination with the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after vaccination with a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Proof of vaccination will be required for all individuals registering for the in-person meeting. A conference/event badge will not be issued to anyone who has not completed the proof ofvaccination verification process:

  • If you have already registered, please login to the GSA Dashboard, select My Event Registration, select the edit button next to GSA 2021 event, and complete the proof of vaccination process.
  • If you will be registering, please have a copy of your vaccination card available to upload.

When entering your proof of vaccination, your name and COVID-19 vaccine information must be visible. If you would prefer to cover your date of birth or other personal health information on the card, you are permitted and encouraged to do so. GSA will keep this information stored in a secure system until the meeting ends, at which time the information will be deleted from the system. GSA will notify individuals by email on the date the information is deleted from the system. GSA will not use the uploaded information for any purpose other than verification of vaccination status for attendance at the in-person Annual Scientific Meeting.

Any attendee, exhibitor, or GSA staff member who does not meet these requirements is NOT considered fully vaccinated and should register for on-demand only session access.

  • GSA recognizes that some people have medical contraindications to vaccination. At this time, to best protect all individuals, we recommend that those with medical contraindications to vaccination register for the on-demand only component of the meeting.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination even for those who have had COVID-19 infection. There is a 3-month waiting period to receive the vaccine if monoclonal antibodies have been used to treat infection. If you are unable to receive the vaccine within this waiting period, please plan to attend the on-demand only component of the meeting.
  • While GSA strives to provide family-friendly experiences at our Annual Scientific Meeting, this year only registered, vaccinated attendees will be allowed in meeting spaces to protect attendees, staff, exhibitors, and families. Only registered attendees(no children or guests) will be allowed in the exhibit hall or other meeting spaces. We encourage families to enjoy their time together in Phoenix in areas outside the GSA meeting space.

Additionally, GSA recommends all attendees, exhibitors, and GSA staff comply with travel guidelines issued by the CDC when traveling to Phoenix.

If you have additional questions about the Vaccination Requirement policy please reference our Frequently Asked Questions.

Masks and Hand Sanitizer

Following CDC guidance as of July 30, GSA will require masks covering the mouth and nose to be worn in indoor meeting spaces. Should CDC guidance change with improved COVID transmission and infection rates, GSA will revisit this requirement and communicate with attendees. And should CDC guidance allow for no indoor masking at the time of the annual meeting, attendees are still welcome to mask if they feel more comfortable doing so.

Hand sanitizer will be provided to attendees and will be available throughout the GSA meeting space.





The Gerontological Society of America is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. GSA’s principal mission — and that of our 5,500 members — is to promote the study of aging and disseminate information to scientists, decision makers, and the general public. Founded in 1945, GSA is the driving force behind advancing innovation in aging — both domestically and internationally. Our members come from more than 50 countries. To further fulfill our mission, GSA assembles more than 3,500 professionals from around the world to an Annual Scientific Meeting. This monumental event now features more than 500 sessions each year. Additionally, we publish the field’s preeminent peer-reviewed journals.



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