As you are aware, NCQA is holding this year’s Quality Talks in person, with a remote attendance option. Although attendees should recognize and accept there is inherent risk involved in attending in-person events, NCQA has adopted risk-mitigation measures to reduce the potential exposure and transmission of COVID-19. As we resume some in-person events in furtherance of our mission, the health and safety of all persons present at/during in-person events remains our top priority.

Vaccination

All event attendees, including speakers, sponsors, and NCQA staff will be required to furnish proof of full vaccination, with a vaccine that is authorized for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Full vaccination” shall mean that (i) at least two weeks have passed prior to the event since the attendee received either (a) one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or (b) a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and (ii) if at least seven months have passed since (i)(a) or (i)(b), as applicable, that the attendee has received an authorized booster.

Please bring one of the following on April 21:

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1CDC physical vaccination card or photograph of the front and back of card on your phone.
2Downloaded vaccine record or vaccination certificate from official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency, or other authorized vaccine provider).
3Vaccination certificate with QR code or digital pass via Smartphone application with QR code (note it must show vaccine doses and associated dates).

 

Proof of vaccination must include:

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1a.Personal identifiers (full name plus at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number)
b.Name of official source (source issuing the record (e.g., public health agency, government agency, or other authorized vaccine provider)
c.Vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination
2Name on card must match the attendee's name.

 

At this time, NCQA will not consider requests for exemption from this requirement or offer a test out option. Those who are not fully vaccinated are welcome to attend the event remotely.

Testing

Because of rising COVID cases across the country and the DC Metro area, NCQA continues to take proactive steps to help ensure a safe event for everyone.  In addition to the current COVID policy for Quality Talks, we are adding the following:

*NEW* Please obtain a COVID test within 24 hours of traveling to or arriving at Quality Talks. The closer to the morning of April 21 you get tested, the better. Any FDA-approved viral test, including rapid at home tests, will suffice. Stay home and participate virtually if you test positive.

*NEW* If you have not been tested within 24 hours of coming to Quality Talks, we will provide a rapid self-test and space at event check in so you can screen yourself. This will add 30+ minutes to your check-in. (You will avoid this delay if you get tested before you come.)

A registrant may not attend if they knowingly have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms.

Masking

*NEW* We recommend anyone not presenting or eating wear a mask.

NCQA is committed to adhering to all federal and state laws, and is closely monitoring federal, state and local government guidelines. NCQA staff will update registered event attendees if our guidance or protocols change. The safety of our staff, speakers and guests is our top priority, and we thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Questions? Contact us at qualitytalks@ncqa.org.

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