RSNA 2021 health & safety

COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend RSNA 2021.

We look forward to welcoming attendees back to Chicago for our 107th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting from November 28 to December 2. In order to ensure the safety of all meeting attendees and staff, RSNA 2021 requires full vaccination as described here

Important resource for international travelers

If you're traveling to Chicago from outside the U.S. and are unsure if you're eligible to board an international flight, we recommend taking a short travel assessment developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on your answers about your COVID-19 vaccine history, the assessment can tell you whether or not you will be able to board a flight to the U.S. and it will also provide details on the documentation you need to present to your airline before boarding.

Take the travel assessment 


RSNA is monitoring the CDC's travel guidelines closely and will update this page with new information as it becomes available.

RSNA 2021 vaccine validation processes

To gain access to the RSNA 2021 campus at McCormick Place, each attendee, exhibitor and contractor will need to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination by completing a validation process.

To avoid delays during the badge pick-up process, you can complete your vaccine validation in advance! The process is simple and will help you move quickly through the line at McCormick Place.

Please complete one of the following free options to validate your vaccination.
Option 1—Validation process for those who received their vaccine in the U.S. (FDA approved vaccine)

Clear

CLEAR Health Pass

The RSNA 2021 CLEAR Health Pass is only available for registrants with vaccination records from the U.S. (FDA approved vaccine). All registrants from localities other than the U.S. must use Option 2. 

1. Download the free CLEAR app or scan the QR code below and tap on the white Health Pass tile.

QR code to Clear

2. "Select Health Pass", "Have a code?" and enter "RSNA2021"

3. You can securely upload your CDC card, scan a SMART QR code, or link to a health provider. Still have questions? Watch a quick tutorial here.

4. Once you have provided your information for validation, you will be issued a unique, green Health Pass, indicating your vaccination information has been validated and you have satisfied entrance requirements. 

5. If the pass expires before the event dates, you will need to refresh your pass and re-verify your identity by taking a new selfie. The expiration date listed is in reference to your photo. If you don’t access the account during the time period noted, you may be required to retake your selfie. Your account and vaccine validation will stay intact and will not expire until you delete your account.

6. Be prepared to show your green Health Pass on your smartphone screen during badge pick-up at the convention center. 

Need further assistance with Health Pass? Contact CLEAR’s Member Care team directly in the CLEAR app, by calling 1-855-CLEARME (253-2763), or through email at memberservices@clearme.com

With CLEAR, you are always in control of your information. RSNA only receives confirmation that an attendee satisfied the requirements for access with the equivalent of a red or green result—and never has access to an individual’s private health data. For further information on how CLEAR protects user data, review the member terms.

Learn more about CLEAR.

 
Option 2—Validation process for those who received their vaccine outside the U.S. (WHO approved vaccine)

Safe Expo

Safe Expo

The Safe Expo Upload Now Portal is available for registrants with vaccination records received outside of the U.S. with a WHO approved vaccine.

1. Visit the RSNA 2021 Safe Expo Portal. For the best experience, we recommend using a desktop computer instead of a mobile device.

2. Upload a photo of your vaccination record card. 

3. If all criteria are met, you will receive an email confirmation that your vaccine has been verified; typically within 24 to 48 hours. 

4. You can either print your Vaccine Verified email or display it on your smartphone screen during badge pick-up at McCormick Place.

5. Important note: All vaccination card uploads to Safe Expo must be completed by Wednesday, November 24 at 5 PM Central Time (CT). Otherwise, vaccine verification must happen onsite at McCormick Place.

Learn more about Safe Expo.

 
Option 3—Validation process for onsite registrants
We highly recommend completing your meeting registration and vaccine validation prior to arriving onsite at McCormick Place. The RSNA 2021 registration process and vaccine validation process are both quick and easy! However, if you must register for RSNA 2021 onsite, you will need to provide proof of vaccination to access the campus. 

Bring your vaccination record (paper or digital) to one of the Health & Safety Checkpoints located in each of the RSNA 2021 registration areas. Once verified by staff, you will then be able to pick up your badge.
 
No vaccine exemptions
If an attendee, exhibitor or RSNA staff member does not meet the vaccine requirements outlined on this page, they are NOT considered fully vaccinated and will not be permitted to attend RSNA 2021 in person. RSNA’s robust virtual meeting component will allow unvaccinated individuals to participate in the meeting remotely. The Virtual Meeting will offer 100% of eligible meeting programming with on-demand content available through April 30, 2022.

For additional information, please review the tab below labeled: RSNA requires full vaccination status.
Acceptable vaccines at RSNA 2021

For the purposes of attendance to RSNA 2021, a person is considered fully vaccinated*:

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, or
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
  • Final dose of COVID-19 vaccine must be administered two weeks prior to arrival.

If an attendee, exhibitor or RSNA staff member does not meet these requirements, they are NOT considered fully vaccinated and will not be permitted to attend RSNA 2021 in person. RSNA’s robust virtual meeting component will allow unvaccinated individuals to participate in the meeting remotely. The Virtual Meeting will offer 100% of eligible meeting programming with on-demand content through April 30, 2022.

*Please note: Acceptable vaccines are those with approval or emergency use authorization from the FDA or WHO, including:

To learn more, view the full list of vaccines with final WHO EUL/PQ evaluation status.

Badge pick-up process at McCormick Place
When you first arrive at McCormick Place, you will need to stop at one of our Health & Safety Checkpoints to have your vaccine status verified. Once successfully verified by staff, you will be able to pick up your RSNA 2021 badge.

Badge pick-up locations
  • South Building, Level 1, Room S100
  • Lakeside Center East, Level 2, Hall E
Mask use at McCormick Place and around the city of Chicago
McCormick Place
  • Face masks are required in all public, indoor spaces at McCormick Place.
  • Attendees must wear a cloth or disposable mask that covers both their mouth and nose. Gaiters and bandanas are not permitted.
  • Masks may be temporarily removed to eat or drink.
  • Exhibitors may temporarily wear face shields during theater-type presentations. However, RSNA expects face mask use to immediately resume once the presentation is over.
City of Chicago
  • Masks are required on all forms of public transportation throughout the city of Chicago—including city buses, trains, ride share, cabs and RSNA shuttle buses.
  • All RSNA 2021 participants are required to wear face masks at McCormick Place regardless of the current mask mandates implemented by the city of Chicago.
Onsite COVID-19 testing—Schedule an appointment

Safe Expo is providing convenient, onsite COVID-19 testing for a fee at McCormick Place (via walk-in or appointment). Rapid antigen tests are available for $50/test and rapid molecular tests (not PCR) are available for $150/test.

Attendees may schedule an appointment with clinical staff from Safe Expo (for rapid antigen or LAMP NAAT molecular nasopharyngeal swab sampling) by completing the registration form below. 

Schedule an appointment 


Availability and location

Onsite testing at McCormick Place will be available Sunday through Thursday (November 28 to December 2) from 8 AM to 5 PM, located in N140. 

Payment and results
Payment will be collected onsite and your results will be available within 60 minutes of your testing appointment (printed or securely emailed to you).

PCR and additional testing sites
For PCR testing within walking distance of McCormick Place, schedule an appointment with the Clear Wellness Group on 1605 S. Michigan Avenue.

Additional testing sites are available throughout Chicago. Explore the complete list of COVID-19 testing sites in the Chicago area or find a selection of testing sites near downtown Chicago.

Country-specific COVID-19 information
To find more information on the testing requirements unique to your country, select your country from the list on the U.S. Department of State's travel website.

Protocols in the event an attendee experiences COVID-19 symptoms

Anyone who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, not enter McCormick Place, be clinically evaluated and tested for COVID-19. 

In the event an RSNA participant falls ill with COVID-19, RSNA will adhere to local, state and federal guidelines and will coordinate with Chicago Public Health authorities to ensure the proper steps are taken and protocols are followed for positive test results. 

What are the protocols for onsite positive test results? 
RSNA is working in close collaboration with an on-site health and safety support team from Safe Expo. Safe Expo will offer onsite testing and, if an individual tests positive, Safe Expo will notify the individual and work to triage impacted individuals and provide appropriate care escalation and support.

Although the risk that fully vaccinated people could become infected with COVID-19 is low, any fully vaccinated person who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19 and tested for SARS-CoV-2 if indicated. In the event an RSNA Annual Meeting attendee (staff or otherwise) falls ill with COVID-19, RSNA adheres to local, state and federal guidelines and will coordinate with Chicago Public Health authorities to ensure the proper steps are taken and protocols are followed for positive test results. 

Additionally, attendees may obtain tests at other off-site testing locations. Test results are personal health information and individual test results will be handled by each testing organization conducting testing, in compliance with their respective protocols. Tests results may be shared with local health authorities, in compliance with local health department protocols and reporting requirements. Each individual should consult their testing provider to understand the relevant results processing and how to obtain his or her results. Personal test results (or other personal health information) will not be shared directly with RSNA.

RSNA will comply with any notification protocols recommended by local health department authorities if we become aware that any attendee has tested positive for COVID-19. 

What if an attendee has known exposure risk before coming? 
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, or have reason to believe you currently have COVID-19, you should not attend the conferenceincluding if these conditions emerge while you are in Chicago.

If you have reason to believe you have recently been exposed to COVID-19, please consult with your physician to determine appropriate next steps. RSNA encourages all individuals to follow applicable guidance from their care providers and relevant public health authorities. RSNA is working to provide a safe meeting and trusts that attendees, exhibitors and RSNA staff will do the same. 

International travel restrictions to the U.S. ease on November 8

The United States Government recently announced that on November 8, it will ease restrictions on international travelers to allow them to enter the country if they can show proof that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and that they have tested negatively for the virus within three days of their flight. RSNA recommends that you check with your country’s specific travel requirements for specific information.

RSNA has heard from many of our colleagues around the world that they are enthusiastic about getting back to Chicago for the RSNA meeting, and we look forward to welcoming them. This change in international travel policy will help make that a reality.

RSNA's focus always has been and will continue to be to provide a safe, valuable meeting experience for our attendees. We require proof of U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 vaccination from all RSNA 2021 meeting attendees, staff and exhibitor personnel prior to admittance into McCormick Place. At this time, all meeting attendees, faculty and personnel are subject to the same health and safety protocols. 

Looking to secure a visa? You can create a personalized international invitation letter for travel to RSNA 2021. For more information, visit our international travelers page.

Unable to travel? RSNA’s virtual meeting component will allow all registered attendees to participate in the meeting remotely—with 100% of eligible meeting programming available on-demand through April 30, 2022.

RSNA requires proof of full vaccination from all meeting attendees

There is strong consensus among health care experts that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in reducing the chance of serious illness or death resulting from the disease. Therefore, RSNA will require proof of full vaccination from all meeting attendees, RSNA staff and exhibitor personnel prior to the meeting or upon admittance to McCormick Place. In addition, face masks will be required in all public indoor spaces.  

Acceptable vaccines are those with FDA or WHO approval or emergency use authorization. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Additional details on vaccine verification methods will be provided at a later date. To learn more, read the vaccination status section below. 

If you are traveling to the meeting from one of the states or territories on Chicago’s Travel Advisory list please note that vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine or receive a negative test. 

RSNA will continue to monitor CDC recommendations and will update safety measures as appropriate. For the most up-to-date information on RSNA 2021 health and safety precautions and requirements, continue to monitor this page.

RSNA’s virtual meeting component will allow unvaccinated individuals to participate in the meeting remotely—with 100% of eligible meeting programming available on-demand through April 30, 2022. 

Health and safety resources

McCormick Place 
McCormick Place adheres to the recommendations set forth in the U.S. EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning disinfectants effective against the Coronavirus. The convention center is one of the first in the U.S. to agree to independent, third-party verification of its cleaning protocols from Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC). 

McCormick Place also has added measures such as processes for entering/exiting meeting rooms, halls and elevators to maintain physical distancing, increased touch-free doors and hand sanitizing stations, increased cleaning procedures, additional staff training and more. To ensure the highest possible air quality, building engineers regularly verify compliance with ASHRAE standards, including increased frequency of filter replacement.

Hotel partners
RSNA's hotel partners have the safety and well-being of guests in mind. Explore the hotel safety information compiled by our trusted travel partner, onPeak.  

Domestic and international travel
Looking for health and safety tips to keep you safe while traveling? View the latest domestic and international air travel recommendations from the CDC.

Vaccinations
Want to learn more about COVID-19 vaccination? Check out the vaccines approved for use by the WHO and FDA and get additional background information from the CDC.

Explore Chicago safely

The city of Chicago is committed to ensuring the safety of residents and visitors and RSNA encourages you to explore the city during your stay.

There are a variety of fun things you can safely do during winter in Chicago. Whether you want to experience awe-inspiring light displays, go ice skating, visit a museum, attend a theater performance or dine in the city’s trendiest restaurants, the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago have put safety protocols in place to help visitors to feel comfortable spending time in and around the city. 

To help plan your trip, visit the Choose Chicago website to get the latest information on public mask usage, gathering limits, and proof of vaccination at restaurants, hotels, attractions and events. Keep in mind that many restaurants and businesses update their operational and safety measures based on state, local and CDC guidance. Please check directly with individual businesses for their most up-to-date protocols and guidelines.

To learn more, visit our About Chicago page. You’ll find additional information on weather, currency, gratuity practices, tips for getting around town and resources for finding the best entertainment, restaurants and attractions.

For the most up-to-date information on RSNA 2021 health and safety precautions and requirements, continue to monitor this page. RSNA will continue to monitor recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state/local health authorities and will adjust protocols as needed.

About your data privacy: RSNA only receives confirmation that an attendee satisfied the vaccine requirements and never has access to an individual’s private health data. Learn more about CLEAR and Safe Expo.

This page was last updated on October 28, 2021.

Contact us

For questions or concerns, email annualmeeting@rsna.org or call 1-877-776-2636.