Health and Safety at BBM

*Updated March 15th, 2022*
The BBM organizing committee maintains a commitment to follow scientifically informed safety practices.
These guidelines may be reevaluated as the COVID-19 pandemic further develops

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
The efficacy of vaccination to prevent severe disease burden is inarguable. We the organizing committee support vaccines as an essential part of infection control during the pandemic. Thus, all attendees and presenters must be vaccinated against SARS-COV-2 and be able to demonstrate proof of vaccination prior to the conference start date.
Mounting evidence has demonstrated that the primary vaccine course (as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] and the World Health Organization [WHO]) does not confer lifetime immunity. After careful consideration, we feel that it is in the best interest of all attendees that we set the definition of “vaccinated” for BBM2022 includes at least one booster dose. Vaccinated for BBM2022 means that on or before May 30th, 2022 you will have received either:

  • 3 doses of an mRNA-based vaccine (Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna)
  • 1 dose of viral vector-based vaccine in combination with 1 mRNA-based vaccine dose (Johnson&Johnson + Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna)

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Validation Process
BBM2022 will require proof of vaccination for all attendees and presenters. Registrants will have two options to validate their vaccination:
  1. If you are vaccinated at the time of registration:
    1. Upload a photo of your vaccine card at the time of registration. This photo will be securely held by the organizing committee and deleted after validation.
  2. If you are not vaccinated at the registration, either:
    1. Email us at bbm@hms.harvard.edu with your vaccine card as soon as you have received your final required dose. Your information will be securely stored and deleted the same as those submitting their cards at registration. Please title your email “<NAME>: VACCINE PROOF”.
    2. Bring your proof of vaccination to the welcome desk on the first day of BBM2022 (June 13th). After presenting your card to our welcome desk, you will be given your badge and will be free to enjoy the conference.

Masking Requirements at BBM2022

Despite recent policy changes at the local and federal level that have reduced masking requirements for a large portion of the US population, we at BBM recognize the continued efficacy of masking to protect the most vulnerable members of our community.

We require that all attendees continue to mask while inside the lecture hall. No food or drink will be permitted inside the main lecture hall in order to provide a continually masked space for our vulnerable attendees. We also require that all attendees mask unless actively eating or drinking while in the Science Center Atrium.

Making will be optional only in our outdoor tent space located in the Science Center Plaza. Please be respectful of the masking decisions that others make while outside.

We ask that all attendees wear a high-grade (Surgical or N95/KN95) mask while at BBM2022. If you do not have access to these types of masks, please contact us at bbm@hms.harvard.edu and we can assist you in acquiring them.

A properly fitted mask must cover your nose mouth and chin as illustrated below

Image © 2022 UT Southwestern Medical Center

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q) Do BBM2022 participants have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend?

A) Yes, all attendees and presenters must be vaccinated. Please see “COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement” for more details.

 

Q) By what date do I need to be vaccinated to attend BBM2022?

A) You will need to have received your booster dose by May 30th, 2022 in order to meet BBM2022’s vaccine requirement.

 

Q)Can I attend with proof of a negative COVID-19 test instead of vaccination?

A) No.

 

Q) Will sessions and conference activities be socially distanced?

A) Attendees are encouraged to spread out while attending the poster sessions and visiting the Science Center. This year we have rented tent space in the outdoor plaza that will host our food, beverages, and the networking reception in order to provide a safe space for all attendees with sufficient air flow/filtration.

 

Q) What happens if someone at BBM2022 does not comply with health and safety measures?

A) Failure to comply with the health and safety measures implemented by BBM2022 may result in prohibiting entry or removal from the conference.

 

Q) What if I test positive for SARS-COV-2 during BBM2022?

A) If you experience any symptoms before picking up your conference badge or develop symptoms while onset, please do not enter the conference space. Please get testing at one of Cambridge or Boston’s COVID-19 testing sites or purchase a rapid-antigen test at the closest available drug store.

If you test positive for SARS-COV-2 while attending BBM please contact us at bbm@hms.harvard.edu with the subject line “<NAME> COVID POSITIVE <DATE>” and following the contact-tracing guidelines set forth by the state of Massachusetts.

 

Still Have Questions?

If you have any other questions regarding health and safety that have not been addressed above, please contact the organizing committee at bbm@hms.harvard.edu