Eyecelerator@AAO 2021

Thursday, November 11, 2021
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. CT


Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans

Bring the future of ophthalmology into focus. 

Vaccination and Mask Requirements

September 15, 2021: Eyecelerator and the American Academy of Ophthalmology have determined that proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for everyone attending the Eyecelerator innovation conference in New Orleans. 

Regardless of a local mandate status, every attendee, guest, staff and vendor will be required to wear a mask in the convention center.


Eyecelerator is committed to the health and well-being of our meeting attendees, exhibitors, staff and meeting contractors. All attendees, staff, exhibitors and guests will be required to show proof of vaccination before entering the convention center.

Prior to arriving on site, attendees will be asked to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).

Accepted Vaccines

  • Pfizer-BioNTech

  • Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen

  • Moderna

  • AstraZeneca-Oxford

  • Sinopharm

  • Serum Institute of India: Covishield

  • Sinovac: CoronaVac

Verifying Your Vaccination Record
The Academy and Eyecelerator will be working with a third-party vendor to manage this process. Instructions will be provided to all pre-registrants on how to verify your vaccination status by Wednesday, Sept 15.

If you arrive at the convention center without having already completed the proof of vaccination process, it may result in unnecessary delays as we process and verify the information you provide.

Unvaccinated Individuals

Individuals with Medical or Religious Exemptions for Vaccination
You cannot participate in Eyecelerator@AAO 2021.   

Definition of Fully Vaccinated
By Nov. 10 you must be 2 weeks post your final dose:

  • Second dose in a 2-dose series, such as with the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or

  • The one shot of a single-dose vaccine such as with Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine

Convention Center Staff and Meeting Vendors
While the goal is to have everyone who works to create the meeting be vaccinated, we are still investigating what can be legally require of other organizations’ employees. We will update this section with more information as it becomes available.


Registering Onsite
To register onsite, you will need your proof of vaccination to access the convention center. Online registration is open throughout the meeting. We highly recommend that you register and verify your vaccination status in advance to speed up your badge pick-up in the convention center.


Regardless of the status of the local mandate, all attendees, exhibitors, guests, staff and vendors will be required to wear masks in the convention center.

Masks should:

  • Completely cover your mouth and nose.

  • Fit snugly without gaps.

Disposable masks will be available onsite should you need one.

Onsite Safety Measures

  • All meeting rooms will be set up to allow for more social distancing.

  • The convention center and AV staff will be cleaning all meeting rooms between sessions, including chairs, tables, podium and microphones.

  • Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the convention center.

  • As much as possible, food and beverage will be served individually packaged.

Rapid COVID-19 Testing
Rapid testing will be available in the convention center for those who experience symptoms.

There are additional rapid testing locations in New Orleans.

International Attendees
International attendees should always check current travel restrictions to the U.S. on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website before planning your travel to make sure you will be able to enter the U.S.

Find more information for international attendees.