COVID-19 Policies

Updated 23 March

Our commitment to public health and safety is constant, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. We are actively tracking the emerging news and science around the COVID-19 pandemic and any new variants, and we will continue to monitor and adjust our plans and health protocols as necessary.  

We offer two options for attendees to gain entrance to the 2022 Woman of the Year at the Marriott Marquis in New York City:

Option A – Provide Proof of Full Vaccination
The CDC’s definition of “fully vaccinated” is a person who has received the primary series of COVID-19 vaccines and is two weeks (14 days) past the final dose of the primary series.  In the US, the primary series is defined as two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, two doses of Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen.  For other WHO-approved vaccines, the primary series is defined as two doses of Oxford/AstraZenca, Covishield, Sinopharm, orSinovac.  

All verification of vaccinations will be conducted onsite and proof of vaccination must come directly from the healthcare provider that performed the vaccination. Attendees may display proof on a smartphone or present a physical copy, along with a photo ID.  Once approved, you will be given a wristband to wear for the duration of the event.

Option B – Provide Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test
Attendees can provide proof of a negative test result from an approved testing site taken within 72 hours of the event. The test results must clearly show the date and time of the test.  Results from COVID-19 PCR tests and/or COVID-19 rapid antigen tests will be accepted. Self-administered or at-home test results will not be accepted.  

Once approved, you will be given a wristband to wear for the duration of the event.  If choosing Option B, please allow extra time for potential lines at the on-site Health and Safety Station.

Complimentary rapid testing is available at the Laguardia and John F. Kennedy airports.  

Additionally, the HBA strongly encourages all attendees to:

  • Obtain vaccine booster doses in compliance with the latest guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
  • Wear a mask at all times when in public places, except for when eating.

If you do not choose Option A or B, we invite you to enjoy the festivities in New York City by participating in the virtual Woman of the Year which will connect you to the in-person audience, as well as virtual attendees from around the world.