Health & Safety

ISPOR is committed to the health and well-being of its conference attendees. We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and working with the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center to develop and execute our health and safety plan while abiding by local mandates and guidelines. ISPOR’s health and safety plan will be updated with further details as guidelines change, please visit this page regularly for the most up-to-date conference health and safety information. Registered conference attendees will receive important updates via email.

Attendance Protocols

ISPOR encourages all registrants to be fully vaccinated before attending the ISPOR 2022 conference. Vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required for all in-person conference attendees. For entry into the conference, in-person attendees will need to provide proof of full vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test (either PCR or rapid antigen) taken within 3 days of the event.

ISPOR follows official guidance on the definition of “fully vaccinated,” which is 2 weeks after the completion of the dose series. Specifically, this would be 2 weeks after the second dose of a 2-dose series (such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). Approved vaccines are those approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and/or COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) on or before July 26, 2021. The full list of vaccines with final WHO EUL/PQ evaluation status is available here.

If an attendee does not meet these requirements, they will not be permitted to participate in the ISPOR 2022 in-person conference; however, are encouraged to participate in the ISPOR 2022 virtual conference.

The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center will be monitoring and following CDC, WHO, and local health department guidelines. Please visit the Gaylord Hotel Health & Safety website to review the steps Gaylord Hotels are taking to protect their guests.

The CDC is currently recommending indoor mask use, regardless of vaccination status, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the geographic area in which the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is located. ISPOR will be monitoring guidelines and local conditions to determine mask requirements closer to the event.

Onsite Protocols
ISPOR is committed to creating a safe environment for attendees. In addition to Attendance Protocols, ISPOR will follow additional measures to include but not limited to:

  • Contact comfortability—we kindly ask that you respect all comfort levels regarding physical greetings (eg, handshakes) by remaining contact free.
  • Disposable masks will be available at registration. Due to the guidance updates that occur based on the changing status of the pandemic, mask protocols will be determined prior to the event.  
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the conference.
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing will be employed throughout the conference.
  • Food and beverages will be provided in individual packaging when possible.
  • In response to a global change by Marriott, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center upgraded all air filters in the meeting and public spaces of the hotel to MERV 13 filters.

We are continuously evolving health and safety protocols to ensure the safety of attendees; updates will be posted on this page.

Local Area

Please visit the National Harbor Visitor website for the latest information on the area’s COVID protocols.


The most convenient airport to Gaylord National Resort and Convention is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). You can view information on health and safety at Reagan National Airport here. For specific airline travel policies, please contact that airline directly.

Reagan National Airport has currently partnered with XpresCheck to provide travelers with access to COVID-19 testing. You may view their website for more information on pricing and to make an appointment for testing if needed. 

International Travel

The US Department of State announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. For frequently asked questions, please visit the US Travel.State.Gov website.

External Health & Safety Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  

U.S Department of State Travel Rules and Regulations

National Harbor City Protocols and Guidelines

Health & Safety at Gaylord Hotels