Duty of Care

The Duty of Care is in the process of being updated based on the current situation. A revised version will be available shortly.

 

The Organizers[1] (“Organizers” or “we”) of the 6th Global Forum on TB Vaccines (“6th Global Forum” or “Conference”) are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all people involved in the conference – including attendees, speakers, session chairs, media, sponsors, staff, and volunteers (“participants”, “you” or “your”). The Organizers cannot eliminate the risk of COVID-19 transmission or infection during the Conference, but we are adopting preventive measures to reduce the risk of spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. These measures are in accordance with the guidelines and regulations put in place by the Government of France and local health authorities. It is important to note that such guidance can change, so this Duty of Care should be considered a living document that will adapt to changes in national or location guidance and regulations and within the context of the pandemic. Any changes will be updated on this webpage and an email will be sent to all participants who are registered at the time of the change.

Representing organizations committed to global health and recognizing the important role of vaccinations in halting the spread of infectious diseases, the Organizers believe that being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to protect oneself and reduce the risk of transmission of the virus to others. We are not authorized to mandate vaccination at this Conference, but it is strongly recommended that participants are fully vaccinated prior to attending the Conference, including a booster dose if recommended and available.

The responsibility for a safe and healthy environment is shared among the Organizers, the venue, and participants. The Organizers are working with GL Events, the operator of Pierre Baudis Convention Centre, on implementing safety and precautionary measures at the 6th Global Forum. GL Events has been awarded the “Safe & Clean” label by APAVE.

All participants  are expected to adhere to and abide by the following protocols:

Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test -
Pass Sanitaire

All participants will be required to have a valid Pass Sanitaire (Health Pass) or an accepted equivalent to enter the Conference venue. The Pass Sanitaire will provide proof of full vaccination with an approved vaccine, or a negative COVID test that is no more than 72 hours old, or proof of prior infection no less than 11 days and no more than 6 months ago. Click here for more information on the Pass Sanitaire (note, website is in French) or inquire with the French Embassy in your country. Every participant will be required to show their Pass Sanitaire each day before entering the conference venue. If you do not have a Pass Sanitaire or accepted equivalent, you will be denied entrance to the Conference without a refund. Testing and vaccination will not be administered on-site.

Attendance

You should not attend the 6th Global Forum if you:

  • are experiencing, or within 14 days of the start of the Conference have experienced, symptoms associated with COVID-19.
  • believe that you may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 within 14 days of the start of the Conference.
  • have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by the health care team responsible for your treatment.

Participants will be asked to review and respond to health screening questions each day to confirm that they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

On-Site

Protocols and policies on-site follow the guidance and regulations of the Government of France and local health authorities. Currently, wearing masks and social distancing are not required in places where the Pass Sanitaire is required and will not be required at the 6th Global Forum, including in session rooms and during meals. For everyone’s safety, we strongly encourage unvaccinated participants to wear a mask and to social distance whenever possible. Participants that are fully vaccinated may choose to wear a mask if they prefer but it is not requires. Participants are asked to bring their own masks, but masks can be made available at the venue for participants who do not have one.

Please also note and adhere to the following:

  • Regularly and thoroughly wash or sanitize your hands throughout the day. Hand sanitizers will be placed throughout the venue for your convenience.
  • Follow directional signage and on-site staff instructions to minimize bottlenecks and promote safe distancing.
  • Avoid shaking hands, hugging, and cheek kissing.

Self-Monitoring and Reporting

Participants should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 during and following the Conference. You are asked to contact the Organizers at toulouse2022@tbvaccinesforum.org if you experience symptoms of COVID-19 within 10 days after the 6th Global Forum and/or you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Should any positive cases be reporting with the 10-day timeframe, the Organizers will communicate this information to all registered participants. Any private health or personal data received by the Organizers will be treated as confidential.

[1] The Organizers of the 6th Global Forum on TB Vaccines are the Stop TB Partnership Working Group on New TB Vaccines, IAVI, TuBerculosis Vaccine Initiative, Institut de Pharmacologie et de Biologie Structurale (CNRS-Université Toulouse III), and Université Fédérale de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées.