US risk management society RIMS will require anyone attending one of its in-person events to show that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19.
The requirement comes into effect immediately for all events managed by RIMS staff.
RIMS said attendees will have to comply with the US Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) definition of fully vaccinated.
It says this means people are counted as fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose vaccination series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen.
If an individual does not meet these requirements, regardless of age, they are deemed not fully vaccinated by the CDC and therefore RIMS.
The vaccine requirement also applies to RIMS staff, vendors, sponsors, media and other ancillary partners who plan to attend or provide a service at an event.
RIMS said it will make no exceptions for religious or health exemptions, but will work with those impacted to develop an alternative virtual event experience.
The society is currently exploring third-party vendors that specialise in conducting health screenings, as well as validating the authenticity of vaccine documentation.
“Under these current conditions and after a thorough review of event-industry trends, our board felt it was necessary to adopt these vaccination requirements. At the end of the day, it’s about the safety of our attendees and, as risk professionals, we believe this decision is the best option for RIMS to, once again, bring the world’s risk management community together,” said RIMS president Ellen Dunkin.
RIMS said its board will continue to monitor the pandemic and reserves the right to amend its vaccination policy accordingly.