Updated November 12, 2021


We are looking forward to your participation in the Society for Social Work and Research’s 2022 conference in Washington D.C. SSWR’s first priority is the safety and welfare of our attendees, exhibitors, partners, contractors, and staff. We hope this policy will help keep everyone safe and comfortable.

This policy is informed by guidance and recommendations issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health authorities. Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, this policy is subject to change without notice.

Here is what you should know:
Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 PCR Test

  • All persons who attend the conference will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before entry to the conference, each day of attendance. This means that more than one COVID-19 PCR test may need to be taken during the course of your attendance at the conference.
  • You will be required to present either the original CDC vaccination card or test results, or a clear photo, plus photo ID. This policy may be updated to allow for other forms of proof in the future.
  • You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer, Moderna) or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine). Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization will be accepted.
  • Individuals who are unable or unwilling to comply with this policy will not be permitted to attend the conference and refunds will not be issued.

Additional Safety Measures:

  • All attendees will be required to wear a mask or face covering at all times except when eating, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Rooms are expected to be subject to capacity limits and social distancing guidelines may be implemented.
  • SSWR is working closely with the staff at Marriott and expects all attendees to comply with all Marriott policies and procedures as well. Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean”—which explains expectations for guests and Marriott’s own efforts—can be found at https://clean.marriott.com.
  • We ask and expect that all attendees who feel ill not attend the conference.
  • SSWR will continue to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and guidelines, restrictions, and requirements of the CDC and other public health authorities and will update its protocols accordingly.

This policy is designed to help make the 2022 Conference an exceptional, safe experience for all. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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