Since March 2020, SWE has followed the public health situation caused by the COVID-19 virus, and subsequent variations, with careful concern. All of our decisions and actions have focused on fulfilling our mission while ensuring the health and safety of our members, staff, event attendees, partners, and families.
It is clear the environment caused by COVID-19 can rapidly evolve and our knowledge of best practices for health and safety measures continues to improve daily.
For its WE21 Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN held October 21-23, 2021, SWE will be requiring all attendees to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status or proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test upon entry. SWE will also require attendees to answer daily health screening questions designed to quickly identify potential COVID-19 symptoms.
SWE believes these public health safety requirements are the best policy to ensure the safety of our WE21 attendees and partners. We are adapting this policy after reviewing the demonstrated success of many events that require vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon entry and noting that COVID-19 variations (including B.1.617 – Delta) can escalate transmission of the virus.
SWE is also pleased to continue to offer an entirely virtual experience for those whose preference is virtual or to avoid these other requirements. Our virtual event in 2020, WE20, was attended by over 18,000 individuals from around the world.
SWE will utilize the Clear Health Pass for management of the COVID-19 screening process and will not collect or retain any health information of its attendees directly. SWE will communicate additional information regarding the logistics of the proof of vaccine and/or negative COVID-19 test in mid-September.
We look forward to seeing our members and partners in-person in Indianapolis or virtually from around the world this October. To register for WE21, click here.