COVID-19 Safety

Updated March 8, 2022

The LAM Foundation is actively following the emerging news and science around the COVID-19 pandemic and will continually review the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization, as well as industry best practices. We will update our policies accordingly as they relate to decisions that prioritize the health and safety of our community.

The following are required for all attendees on-site:

Full Covid-19 Vaccination Plus Booster Requirement

The LAM Foundation requires that all conference attendees provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination,* which consists of the full course of the primary vaccine (for example, two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the J&J vaccine), plus a booster. The vaccinations must be completed at least 14 days prior to attending LAMposium. In the interest of creating the safest environment possible, The LAM Foundation will not make exemptions for any reason, including religious or medical.

Face Masks are Encouraged but Optional

At this time, face masks will not be required at LAMposium. The LAM Foundation strongly encourages using face masks to limit the spread of COVID-19; however, we acknowledge that it is difficult for some patients with LAM to wear a mask for an extended time. We will continue to closely monitor the local jurisdiction and COVID-19 case numbers, as well as guidelines from the CDC, and update our mask policy to comply with the local rules and regulations. In addition, The LAM Foundation will provide KN95 (or equivalent) masks to any attendee at the event upon request.

As a reminder, these policies are subject to change at any time. We will communicate any changes with you here and via social media.

More information pertinent to the LAM community regarding COVID-19 and vaccines is available here.

* Accepted vaccinations include those authorized for  use by the U.S. Food and Drug administration (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccines, and COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use by the World Health Organization (for example, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Covishield, Sinopharm, and Sinovac). Additional vaccines are under development and the list of approved vaccines may change over time. Please check with the FDA and WHO via the links above for the latest list of approved vaccines.

I’m unsure if it’s safe for me to attend LAMposium. What should I do?plus

Always consult your doctor for guidance. If you feel it is unsafe for you to attend, there are ample opportunities to learn and participate virtually throughout the year. One suggestion is to participate in LAMposium in Your Living Room, an interactive educational webinar series, that features a broad range of topics presented by LAM experts. These sessions offer a remarkable opportunity to interact with clinicians, scientists, patients, and other members of our global LAM community. Registration is free and open to all.

I have a medical exemption from vaccinations. Can I get an exception?plus

We are unable to make any exceptions for the conference entrance vaccination requirement.

How will I submit my vaccination information?plus

In July and August 2022, all registered attendees will receive instructions via email on how to upload your vaccination card to our third-party app for verification.

Can I get a PCR or other test in advance of the conference to attend?plus

Yes, we strongly encourage individuals to get a PCR test prior to traveling for the conference as a personal precaution. That said, we cannot accept a negative test result as a replacement for the full vaccination plus booster requirement.

I’m not able to attend. Will any conference sessions be streamed virtually?plus

The International LAM Research Conference & LAMposium is designed as an in-person experience for attendees. We do not plan to live stream any conference session, though we may opt to make recordings of some sessions available for online viewing after the conference.

That said, you’re invited to join us online for educational opportunities throughout the year. The LAM Foundation website offers links to a wealth of previous events and a calendar for upcoming opportunities to join. In particular, we encourage you to participate in LAMposium in Your Living Room, our interactive educational webinar series, that features a broad range of topics presented by LAM experts. These sessions offer a remarkable opportunity to interact with clinicians, scientists, patients, and other members of our global LAM community. Registration is free and open to all.

What happens if I get sick onsite?plus

We would ask you to mask and quarantine in your room until you are able to be tested locally.