Health and Safety Resources

Updated April 2022

Your safety is our priority. We are working diligently with location partners to ensure all necessary safety measures are in place and we are committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for our attendees, exhibitors, and team members. Proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours, are required to participate*. See details below.

AAOS is following best practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and will abide by the legal mandates from the state of Illinois at the time of the event.  The health and safety measure here will be updated as planning for AAOS in-person CME Courses continues.

Note: AAOS updates health and safety requirements on a regular basis. Compliance for all requirements is mandatory regardless of when the requirements are implemented.

About the Venue:  OLC Education & Conference Center

The OLC Education and Conference Center is committed to a high standard for infection control and prevention and has achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation. Learn more on the Venue tab.

Planning for Change

While much has changed in the world around us, what has not changed is AAOS’ commitment to the health and safety of our members, exhibitors, and industry partners. Here’s what we’re doing at-a-glance for a handshake-free meeting to protect your health and peace of mind so you can focus on getting down to business.

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  • Vaccine Verification or Negative COVID-19 Test*: Attendees are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result (taken within 72 hours) when checking in on-site. A person’s vaccination card or picture of the card qualifies as proof of vaccination. Those without proof of vaccination or a negative test will not be permitted to participate.
  • Masks: Masks are optional for attendees and exhibitors. 
  • Cleaning: Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the event. All high-touch areas will be placed on a visible continual cleaning and disinfecting routine during event hours and overnight.

Exemption Due to Medical, Disability or Religion
Attendees may be exempt from this mandatory vaccination policy if the vaccine is medically contraindicated for them, or medical considerations require a delay in vaccination.  

AAOS will provide reasonable accommodation if attendee cannot be vaccinated because of disability or if the provisions in this policy for vaccination conflict with a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.  

Requests for exemptions must be submitted as soon as possible so that AAOS may provide proper documentation of the exemption from mandated vaccination for religious beliefs and practices. 

To report an exemption, please reach out to Paul Zemaitis,