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COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Form
AACTE requires proof of full vaccination* against the Covid-19 virus to better protect the health and safety of its 74th Annual Meeting attendees. AACTE follows protocols established by the City of New Orleans, along with additional CDC and WHO recommendations, including proof of vaccination, negative PCR test 72 hours prior to arrival for non-vaccinated attendees, and full mask wearing (completely over the nose and mouth) at all times. AACTE understands that some individuals may have either medical or religious reasons for not being vaccinated, and thus require an exemption. Any individual seeking an exemption to this vaccination requirement must complete the form below no later than February 24, 2022.
All exemption requests will be confidentially reviewed within ten (10) business days. If an attendee is already registered, and an exemption is not granted, the attendee may request a refund of their registration fees. Any refunds will be processed within 30 days following the completion of the Annual Meeting.
Any person with an approved accommodation or exemption request will be required to provide a negative PCR within 72 hours of the Annual Meeting. These results must be presented at registration upon arrival, in order to ensure access to the conference. Failure to provide acceptable proof of a negative PCR test will result in denial of access to conference activities and events, as well as forfeiture of all registration fees paid.
The following definitions apply to the accommodation and exemption request process:
Religious Accommodation – AACTE will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs that conflict with the vaccination requirement. When claiming a religious accommodation, you are required to explain your belief and provide documentation from a religious leader or published literature that details how the vaccination is a conflict.
Medical Exemption – AACTE grants exemption for medical reasons that make receiving the vaccination physically dangerous or impossible. Such conditions include proven allergic reactions and other medical contraindications to the COVID-19 vaccine. Supporting documentation from your physician or a licensed medical professional to support such medical conditions must be provided in order to obtain an exemption.
* Full vaccination is defined as having received the last required dose of a CDC or WHO recognized vaccine at least two weeks prior to arrival.