AIHA Vaccination or Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test Policy for Live Meetings and Events
The COVID-19 virus is a global pandemic and AIHA strongly encourages everyone able to receive the complete vaccine cycle to do so.
For those who will be attending any in-person event or meeting sponsored by AIHA or one of its affiliates, we view the vaccine against this virus as a necessity to protect AIHA members, vendors, and staff. We, therefore, require proof of the complete vaccine cycle or the results of a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test within three (3) days (72 hours) of each event for admittance.
Refusal to adhere to this policy will result in denial of entry to or immediate removal from the event or meeting.
LIABILITY: I acknowledge that I will be participating in FIH/BIHF events and activities of my own free will and intention, and I am fully aware that possible physical injury to me or damage to my property might occur as a result of my participation in these events and activities. By registering for this event, for myself, my estate, and my heirs, I hereby release and discharge and agree to indemnify and forever hold harmless AIHA, and SafeX, Inc., their members, managers, officers, directors, agents, volunteers, representatives, and employees, from any and all causes of action and damage arising from or relating to my participation in BIHF, and any travel associated therewith, except to the extent caused solely by AIHA's, or SafeX's, gross negligence or misconduct. I also agree not to allow any other individual to participate in my place (unless I notify AIHA of the need for a substitution for my course registration in advance and such individual executes the registration form and any required agreements and releases).
ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY FOR COVID-19: I understand that, while AIHA/SafeX, Inc., has undertaken reasonable steps to lessen the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in connection with FIH/BIHF, AIHA/SafeX, Inc., cannot guarantee that I will not become exposed to or infected with COVID-19 or a variant. Further, because of the number of individuals involved in FIH/BIHF and the fact that many infected individuals appear to be asymptomatic, attending this Event could increase my risk of being exposed to and/or contracting COVID-19. To allow FIH/BIHF to move forward during the pandemic, AIHA must advise you of the risks and request that you release liability in exchange for attending the event. It would be financially cost-prohibitive to hold FIH/BIHF absent you signing this release and waiver.
Furthermore, I will alert AIHA immediately if, within fourteen (14) days of FIH/BIHF, I fall into any of the following categories (such categories may be revised if federal and state guidance changes):
1. Individuals who currently or within the past fourteen (14) days have experienced any symptoms associated with COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath among others;
2. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and have traveled at any point in the past fourteen (14) days either internationally or to a community in the US that has experienced or is experiencing sustained community spread of COVID-19; or
3. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated and believe that they may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by state or local public health authorities or the health care team responsible for their treatment.
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19, and its mutations and variants, is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. Various mutations have been discovered, which may be more contagious. However, the state of medical knowledge is evolving. People reportedly can be infected and show no symptoms and therefore spread COVID-19. Evidence has shown that COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life-threatening illness and even death, which may be reduced or even eliminated in those who have been vaccinated. Symptoms may be worse for those with various underlying medical conditions.
I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any consequence, including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death, illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, I may experience or incur in connection with traveling to or from, or attending or participating in FIH/BIHF. I acknowledge and understand that I should not attend or participate in the Event unless I am medically able.
I voluntarily agree to comply with all safety requirements set forth by AIHA. My failure to comply with such safety requirements may result in loss of right to participate at or attend the Event including, but not limited to, safe social/physical distancing and clean hygiene during the Event.