Health & Safety

The health and safety of all attendees remain our top priority.  APS requires everyone who attends the Convention to be fully vaccinated with one of the World Health Organization approved vaccines. 

Am I required to submit vaccine verification?

All attendees must complete the vaccination verification process.  All individuals who have registered will receive a separate email with instructions on how to upload your vaccination verification card, or you may complete the process below.

What is fully vaccinated?

APS considers people fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines,
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, or
  • 1 of the WHO granted Emergency Use Listing (EUL) vaccines.

APS encourages attendees to stay up to date per the CDC guidelines, which means receiving all recommend doses in your primary series COVID-19 vaccine, and booster dose(s) when eligible. 

Will there be any exemptions?

There will be no medical or religious exemptions to the APS vaccination policy. 

What if I do not want my biometrics captured?

The CLEAR verification process does not capture, retain or use any biometrics.  When you take a selfie, it is used ONLY to complete the vaccine verification process for the 2022 APS Annual Convention.  Unlike other applications like CLEAR Plus, APS does not require biometric identifiers such as your iris, fingerprints or face in order for you to attend the 2022 APS Annual Convention.    

What are the onsite guidelines and mask policy?

APS will continue to monitor developments to promote the health and safety of our attendees. We are setting these guidelines to provide clarity, consistency, and the safest venue possible for those participating in the Convention. So that attendees can make informed decisions before coming to the convention, APS intends to maintain the following mask policy and onsite guidelines:

  • APS requires all attendees, guests, and speakers at the 2022 Annual Convention wear a mask in the meeting space except when eating and drinking.
  • Speakers in meeting rooms may choose whether to mask when presenting, with the agreement of all panelists.
  • Poster presenters should stay masked except when eating and drinking.
  • All event attendees and guests should bring their own masks to comply with this mask requirement. 
  • There will be hand sanitizer stations located throughout the event space. 
  • When possible, meeting rooms in which convention programming takes place will be arranged to allow social distancing.
  • The Hyatt’s ventilation methods are approved by the CDC and utilize electrostatic charge to trap and block 98% of airborne particles.  The hotel uses Merv 13 filters with maximum outside air.   

Please be advised that current policies for the City of Chicago may change.  Regardless of city requirements, APS will maintain its mask policy during all convention events. 

Notes: 

Are there locations in Chicago where I can get tested?

Following is a list of locations for those who wish to test because of symptoms or those who are required to test before returning home:

  • Chicago Airports
    • Midway (MDW) – There is currently no testing at this airport.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 at the Convention?

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms while at the Convention, please return to your hotel room and follow CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation procedures. Please notify APS by email at convention@psychologicalscience.org.

  • If you are local to the area and can get home while isolating, do so.
  • If you are staying at the hotel, the Hyatt will ask you to self-isolate in your guest room for up to 5 days, and refrain from visiting other rooms and areas of the hotel whenever possible, per CDC guidelines.
  • The Hyatt hotel will work with you to facilitate quarantine accommodations and extend your hotel rate for up to five days. 
  • You can order food from any establishment, inside or outside the Hyatt. The front desk and hotel security will facilitate deliveries to your room.  A key is necessary to access guest room floors, so the delivery person must stop at the front desk upon arrival at the hotel.  Security will bring the food to you wearing PPE and place the items outside your door in clear plastic.
  • Per the Hyatt’s protocols, housekeeping will not service your room.  Place used towels in a bag outside the room, and the hotel will provide new towels in a bag on your door.  Wrap up your trash and leave the bag outside the room.  Housekeeping will leave new bags on your door.

Are there healthcare facilities and hospitals near the Hyatt?

If at any time during the Convention you are experiencing any COVID symptoms or require other medical assistance, following is a list of healthcare facilities near the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel:


APS reserves the right to update the plan, as necessary, in accordance with state and local safety measures, scientific guidelines, the common good, and public health needs.

APS appreciates your cooperation in helping us conduct as safely as possible our largest event since the COVID-19 pandemic began. We are excited to bring together psychological scientists from around the globe to connect with colleagues and share the latest research in the field.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!