Vaccines

Which vaccines are acceptable?

Any vaccine authorized in the country in which the vaccine was received, including authorization for emergency use, for human use as a COVID vaccine is acceptable. The World Health Organization maintains information on the status of vaccine trials and approvals.

I was a participant in a vaccine trial; is this acceptable?

Please contact us directly at covid@discon3.org so we can evaluate your situation on a case-by-case basis.

What does “fully vaccinated” mean?

Fully vaccinated means you have received all required COVID vaccination doses no later than December 1st to allow them to reach full efficacy by the convention. The CDC provides information on vaccines authorized in the United States. For other vaccines, please consult with health experts in your country.

Do I need a booster shot?

A booster shot is not a requirement for entry. We are aware that some countries are currently advising third shots for some individuals. This is an evolving health policy area. In the US the Department of Health and Human Services recently announced that it intends to recommend third shots for all Americans who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine eight months after their second dose. Third shots are available to immunocompromised Americans who received Pfizer or Moderna vaccines now. Other countries recommend other dosing intervals. As general health advice DisCon III encourages its members to follow whatever policies are in place in their country of residence and to consult their doctor as needed.

What forms of proof of vaccination are accepted?

We will accept original vaccination cards, digital photographs of vaccination cards (front and back), or electronic documentation provided by your country or state of origin. Photo ID will be required, and the name on your vaccination documentation must match the name on your identification. This documentation should be provided in person at the Registration desk on site. 

If you are concerned about the acceptability of your particular form of documentation (for example, your documentation is not in English and may not be understood by DisCon III staff), we encourage you to contact us in advance at covid@discon3.org.

What if the name on my ID and the name on my vaccination card don’t match?

We know that there are many real reasons that a mismatch may occur, particularly among trans and nonbinary people as well as others who may have changed their names. We are happy to accommodate people in this situation on a case by case basis. Simply contact covid@discon3.org with the subject line: Name Mismatch [registration name] and outline your specific situation so that our staff can work with you ahead of time.

I can’t be vaccinated for a medical reason. What should I do?

At this time, DisCon III requires all members to be vaccinated without exception. We encourage you to consult with medical professionals about whether any of the available vaccines could work for you. If vaccination is not possible for you, we invite those who cannot be vaccinated to attend virtually. Refunds to Virtual are available with no questions asked until December 1. If you need a refund for your membership, please contact registration@discon3.org. If you prefer to become a supporting member rather than attending virtually, refunds down to Supporting are available with no questions asked until August 31.

I or my children are not eligible to be vaccinated due to age. What should I do?

Unfortunately, DisCon III requires all members to be vaccinated without exception. We understand that as of this writing, this means children under 12 are not eligible to attend the convention. Our general policy allows for refunds down to Supporting with no questions asked until August 31. However, we also recognize that there is a chance the US will approve a vaccine for children aged 5-11 before the convention. We are allowing no-questions-asked full refunds for children’s memberships until December 1 if you prefer to wait and see if the vaccine is approved. Associated adults, including parents and older siblings, may receive a no-questions-asked refund to Supporting level until December 1.

Will there be children’s programming?

Yes. We are planning in-person programming as well as virtual content. The in-person program items are contingent upon vaccinations being approved for children between the ages of 5-11. In mid-October, we will make the final assessment about whether those in-person events can safely take place.

Masks

What counts as a mask?

A mask should completely cover your nose and mouth with material that can effectively filter droplets and aerosolized particles. It should fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps. Nose wires are recommended to improve fit, and multiple layers are generally more effective. Face shields are not an acceptable alternative to masks, although they can be worn in addition to masks if you desire. For more information on masking, please visit the CDC Guide to Masks.

I can’t wear a mask for a medical reason. What should I do?

Unfortunately, DisCon III requires all members to wear masks in convention spaces without exception, except while actively eating or drinking. We encourage you to work with your medical professionals to try and find a style of masks that works for you before the convention. If you need a refund for your membership, please contact registration@discon3.org. Refunds down to Virtual or Supporting are available with no questions asked until August 31.

I’m hard of hearing or Deaf, and masks impede my ability to understand people. What should I do?

DisCon III will be providing clear masks to all presenters and front-line staff to facilitate communication.

Will there be exceptions to the mask policy for musicians or performers?

We are aware of the level of difficulty that masks add for musicians and performers. At the time of this writing, we are exploring options but there are no one-size-fits all solutions.

What if I lose or break my mask?

DisCon III advises bringing multiple masks to the convention, and having a second mask in your pocket or purse at all times for back-up. We will have surgical masks available for free at the Info Desk and Registration for emergencies. We will also be selling clear masks for members who would find them beneficial.

Tracker apps

Your policy mentions a tracker app. How does it work?

The DC COVID Alert Notice (DC CAN) app, available for Android and iOS, uses Bluetooth to determine if you have spent time in proximity to an individual who is later diagnosed with COVID 19. For more information, visit the DC CAN website. Unfortunately, the DC CAN app is not compatible with COVID 19 tracking apps from other jurisdictions. Use of the app may require that you temporarily disable any other COVID-tracking app that you may have installed.