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SmileCon to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests

September 14, 2021

By Mary Beth Versaci


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To ensure SmileCon attendees have a safe and enjoyable meeting experience, they will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit negative COVID-19 test results.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the American Dental Association updated its health and safety policy for SmileCon on Sept. 10. The meeting will take place Oct. 11-13 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

All face-to-face attendees, including dentists, dental team members, guests, exhibitors, vendors and ADA staff, must be fully vaccinated or submit negative test results to obtain their credentials and access to SmileCon.

In addition to receiving a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours or less before check-in, unvaccinated attendees also must test negative for COVID-19 every 72 hours while on-site at SmileCon. Testing will be provided for a fee, which is the responsibility of the unvaccinated attendee.

The ADA has contracted with CLEAR HEALTH PASS+ for attendees to securely upload proof of vaccination or negative test results within the CLEAR app on their mobile phones.

The ADA is working with venue partners to ensure a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness throughout Mandalay Bay, and there will be more hand sanitization stations throughout the event.

Based on current requirements from the state of Nevada, both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals must wear masks in all indoor public places. Masks will be required during all SmileCon functions regardless of location, and they may only be removed briefly when actively eating or drinking.

The ADA reserves the right to update its policy in accordance with science as well as federal, state, local and Mandalay Bay guidelines.

For the latest health and safety information, visit SmileCon.org. The ADA will provide regular updates on the SmileCon health and safety webpage and by email.