Defense + Commercial Sensing 2022 On Demand
6-12 June 2022
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Health and safety for SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing

Prepare for the upcoming event. This information is monitored and will be updated as needed. Last update: 29 March 2022

Together, we can ensure a safe and successful event

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result is required for all attendees. In lieu of a test result, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will suffice. Mask recommendations will follow current CDC recommendations, and people may choose to mask at any time.

These requirements may change, so please check back as the event approaches. See below for frequently asked questions and definitions for showing proof of a negative test or vaccination.

Woman in the convention center follows safety procedures by wearing a mask

SPIE and our event partners aim to provide a safe event for all attendees. All event participants are expected to understand and follow the safe event requirements outlined below.

SPIE safe meeting protocols

SPIE works with applicable public health authorities and takes guidance that provides the most safety for our attendees. This page will be kept up to date as any requirements change.


Negative test or vaccination required at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing

All registered attendees and exhibitors are required to provide:

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, administered no earlier than 24 hours for rapid antigen test and 72 hours for PCR test, before entering the event. See below for a definition of acceptable tests. 
  • In lieu of a test result, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will suffice. See below for a definition of vaccination.
  • Mask recommendations will follow current CDC recommendations, and people may choose to mask at any time. Use the CDC widget below to look up the most current requirements in Osceola County, Florida. 

Enhanced sanitation measures will be taken throughout the event:

  • Masks and hand sanitizers will be widely available for free.
  • Conference rooms will allow for social distancing to the extent possible.

How we can all help

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Respect the personal space and comfort level of others
  • Do not attend if you are not feeling well
  • Follow guidelines from the CDC on quarantine

We encourage you to get tested if required for travel, have known exposure, or have symptoms following CDC guidelines. 


Traveling to the United States

For information about traveling to the United States, please visit the Hotel and Travel page.

Check the status of Osceola County, Florida with tool provided by the US CDC


Frequently asked questions and definitions


Two types of Negative COVID-19 tests are acceptable: polymerase chain reaction referred to as "PCR" (also called diagnostic or molecular), or rapid antigen test (also referred to as a "rapid test"). 

Results of the tests must be no earlier than 24 hours for rapid antigen test and 48 hours for PCR test taken, before entering the event.

Examples of acceptable proof of negative test include:

  • Mobile app designed to upload and prove negative test results, such as Ellume, iHealth, AccessBio, or another app able to display the test results with date and time taken.
  • Tests should be taken within 24 hours of check in for rapid tests and within 72 hours of check in for PCR tests.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted single-dose COVID-19 vaccine
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series COVID-19 vaccine; or
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an “active” (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.-based AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart*

If you don’t meet these requirements, you are not considered fully vaccinated.

Booster shots are not currently required to be considered fully vaccinated.

*For the purpose of interpreting vaccination records for travel to the United States, CDC will accept combinations of accepted COVID-19 vaccines.

Proof of negative COVID-19 test (24 hours for rapid antigen test and 48 hours for PCR test taken) is required before entering the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. If no test result is provided, then a proof of vaccination with ID is mandatory to enter the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center. Vaccines authorized to prevent COVID-19 by the US FDA or by the World Health Organization (WHO) will also satisfy the requirements for entry.

Examples of acceptable vaccination proof include:

  • Mobile app designed to upload and prove vaccination, such as CLEAR, Safe Expo, or an app designated by your home region-all will suffice if the proof of vaccination is easy to confirm
  • Physical vaccination card
  • Photo of a vaccination card