COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

The pandemic is ongoing and public health guidance is evolving rapidly. MDS-PAS will be monitoring events closely and will adjust our meeting plans as needed to ensure the safety of all attendees.
 

Last updated May 18, 2022.

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  Are masks required for all attendees?

MDS-PAS will follow local health agency recommendations in place at the time of the meeting. We strongly encourage those who feel most comfortable wearing masks to keep theirs on.

  Do I need a vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test to attend the in-person meeting?

MDS-PAS will ask individuals registering for the in-person event to attest that they are fully vaccinated or will be fully vaccinated* by the time of the meeting. You may be asked for proof of this vaccination at the meeting. Individuals unable to make this attestation can access some recorded sessions. Learn more about virtual sessions.


*According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a person is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving all recommended doses in the primary series of their COVID-19 vaccination.
 

  What proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test is required?

MDS-PAS will ask individuals registering for the in-person event to attest that they are fully vaccinated or will be fully vaccinated by the time of the meeting. You may be asked for proof of this vaccination at the meeting via vaccination card or photo evidence of the card.

  What date do I need to be vaccinated by to register?

Full vaccination would be required 14 days prior to arrival. For the starting date of Thursday, May 26, final vaccination should be completed by Thursday, May 12, 2022 to be considered fully vaccinated.

  What vaccines will be accepted?

Accepted vaccines include those approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), plus vaccines authorized or approved by the national health authority of the country where it was administered.

  Can I submit proof of COVID-19 antibodies to be accepted?

Proof of antibodies will not be an acceptable replacement.

  What safety protocols are being followed?

MDS-PAS will follow local health agency recommendations in place at the time of the meeting. Currently, hotel employees are required to wear face masks. Additionally, plexi-glass shields will be used for registrations and buffets. Meeting rooms are regularly sanitized, and sanitizing stations are available for meeting attendees. Social distancing is encouraged and implemented throughout the hotel.

  Is there a virtual or hybrid option for the Congress?

MDS will be recording all Plenary Sessions.  Get more information about virtual sessions.

  Are vaccinations required for hotel and meeting staff?

MDS-PAS meeting staff will be required to have either a vaccination or proof of negative COVID-19 test prior to the start of the Congress. Currently, hotel staff is not required to have a vaccination. They are required to wear a mask.

  Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

MDS will be providing onsite testing for all delegates through a third-party testing service.

There will be 3 types of tests available:

  • Rapid Antigen (15 min results)
  • Rapid Molecular LAMP NAAT (30 min results)
  • Rapid RT-PCR (30 min results)

COVID Testing Hours

  • Thursday, May 26:  7:00 – 17:00
  • Friday, May 27: 7:00 – 17:00
  • Saturday, May 28:  7:00 – 12:00

Location:  Orchid C, Terrace Level

To sign up for a test, either stop by the MDS Registration Desk or the Orchid C room. You will scan a QR code and fill out on online form. Information will then be emailed to you to bring to the testing room. No appointments are needed, delegates may walk-in anytime.
 

  What if an attendee, presenter, hotel or meeting staff tests positive for COVID-19?

MDS-PAS will assist the hotel and county health department to notify individuals who have been in contact with anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 while attending the meeting or any functions.

  What are the protocols for quarantine? Can I quarantine at the hotel?

Any hotel guest can quarantine in their hotel room. Please consult the CDC’s guidelines for current quarantine recommendations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  I am traveling internationally. What is required to enter the United States?

Currently, all air passengers age two and older traveling to the U.S. must be tested for COVID-19 no more than three days / 72 hours before their flight. Travelers must show proof of their negative results before boarding their plane. This rule includes U.S. citizens and everyone who has already been vaccinated. Please check with the US State Department, your airline carrier and local ordinances for the most up to date information and requirements.

In addition, if you are a non-U.S. citizen who is a nonimmigrant, you will need to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before you travel by air to the United States from a foreign country.

We hope to see you for our society’s long-awaited reunion in Miami!

Please contact the MDS International Secretariat at pascongress@movementdisorders.org with any additional questions. 

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