Conference Format & Covid-19 Safety Concept

Conference Format

The Swiss Society of Pneumology, the Swiss Society of Thoracic Surgery, the Swiss Society of Sleep Research, Sleep Medicine and Chronobiology and their scientific committee are confident, that the Annual Meeting can take place as planned and are making great efforts to adhere to the format of a physical meeting in Lucerne, despite the current Covid-19 situation.

Thus, all congress components, such as scientific sessions, satellite symposia and ateliers, industry exhibition as well as social events, are planned as live events at the respective locations.
Due to the format of a physical meeting on-site in Lucerne, a livestream of the lectures or a recording and on-demand provision of such are currently not planned.

Nevertheless, the format is subject to further national or cantonal regulations and restrictions and depending on the development of the pandemic, it cannot be excluded that the format of the Annual Meeting may need to be adapted despite all efforts to facilitate a physical meeting.

Covid-19 Safety Concept

In order to offer our participants the highest possible level of safety and to be able to meet the official requirements, the below shown safety concept has been implemented.
All participants are kindly requested to read the following information carefully, which provides all important details about the health regulations and pre-arrangements for your physical attendance at the SSP/SSTS – SSSSC Joint Annual Meeting 2022 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Before travelling to Lucerne

  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, dry cough, headache etc. – please DO NOT travel to Lucerne.
  • Ensure you have a valid COVID-19 certificate for vaccination or recovery (printed or QR-Code in an app) and verification documents which meet the below listed requirements.

Access Requirements

For the SSP/SSTS – SSSSC Joint Annual Meeting 2022 the so-called 2G+ rule applies.
This rule is in line with the regulations of the Federal Office of Public Health and is defined as follows:

2G+ = You are either fully vaccinated or recovered and can provide a valid certificate for a negative test result.

>> If your second vaccination or your recovery is less than 120 days old you do not need an additional certificate for a negative test result.
>> If you are “boostered” you do not need an additional certificate for a negative test result. Boostered means that you have either been vaccinated a third time or you have been vaccinated two times and in addition recovered from a Covid-19 infection.
>> If you do not have a certificate for vaccination or recovery, but you do have a certificate for a positive antibody test, an additional certificate for a negative test result is required, regardless of the date of issue of the antibody certificate.

For further information on how “Fully vaccinated” is defined in Switzerland, please click here: Definition “Fully vaccinated”
For further information on how “Recovered” is defined in Switzerland, please click here: Definition “Recovered”

People who are neither fully vaccinated nor recovered, cannot attend the congress, even if they can present a negative test result.

Covid-19 Certificate

Certificate

A valid Covid-19 certificate needs to be presented in order to proof your vaccination or recovery status. The certificate must comply with the official regulations of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health and be recognised in Switzerland, the EU or other EFTA countries (only «EU Digital COVID Certificate» accepted).
Certificates issued in other countries than the above mentioned must be converted into a format valid in Switzerland (EU Digital COVID Certificate).

How to get a Covid-certificate valid in Switzerland

Vaccines

Please note that certificates can only be issued if you have been vaccinated with an vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or Swissmedic. Furthermore, vaccines that have an emergency authorisation from WHO are recognized for receiving a Covid-19 certificate.
If you have been vaccinated with the Sputnik V vaccine or any other vaccines neither recognised by Swissmedic nor the EMA nor the WHO, a Covid certificate cannot be issued.

Find here further information on Recognized Vaccines

Covid-19 Test-Sites

There are several test-stations in the immediate vicinity of the congress centre: Test-sites in Luzern/Kriens

The closest test-site is located at the train station Lucerne, within 200m walking distance:
Corona Testcenter Bahnhof Luzern
Pilatusstrasse 1, 6003 Luzern
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday, 07.00-20.00 / Friday – Saturday, 07.00-00.00 / Sunday, 09.00-20.00

Appointments & Costs

Some test stations may require the booking of an appointment. Furthermore, depending on your insurance status (holder of a Swiss insurance card or not) and the type of test you would like to take, costs may apply.
Please refer to the link of the
respective test-site for further information about booking requirements, available time slots and costs.

Validity

According to current regulations, PCR tests are valid for 72 hours and rapid antigen tests for 24 hours from issuance. Depending on the test you are doing, it may therefore be necessary to retest in order to participate on all days of the congress.
Please check in advance the available test types at the respective test-sites, as not all of them offer all types of tests. Furthermore, keep in mind that results for PCR-tests may only be available 24 hours (or even more) after your test was taken.

Click here for further information on valid Covid-19 tests.

Additional Congress-specific Safety Measures

Beside the above mentioned regulations, it is up to the organiser to supplement the congress-specific provisions with additional measures in order to increase the level of safety. Such rules may include the mandatory wearing of face masks or the obligation for all participants to present a negative test result regardless of vaccination and recovery dates.
Information about such additional measures will be published on the congress website well in advance of the conference.

Important Information

Please note that the above mentioned provision are based on the official regulations of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health and as such are subject to changes. In order to stay up-to-date, please consult the conference webpage where all adaptions will be published in a timely manner.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Lucerne in March/April! Should you have any questions about COVID-19 regulations in Switzerland or any other issues, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference Secretariat: sgp@congrex.com