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COVID-19 FAQ

COVID-19 FAQ

This information pertains to the 2022 Convention.

Accepted forms of COVID-19 Vaccination Proof

Note: All Vaccine Records MUST match the Attendee’s Name presented on their ID.

  • Original COVID-19 Vaccine Card (Including any add-on cards, must show full series shot schedule)
  • Any Foreign Equivilant to the Government-Issued COVID-19 Vaccine Record Card issued by the Center for Disease Control (Must show Foreign State Identification)
  • SMART COVID-19 Vaccination Record
  • Any State-Sponsored Online Record of Vaccination with Verification Link to a Government-run Website
  • Photo-copy, Laminated, or Photograph of an Original COVID-19 Vaccine Card and/or Foreign Equivalent (Including any add-on cards, must show full series shot schedule)
  • Any Online Service (VaxCard, GoGetDoc, Etc.) that either 1) verifies vaccination through a state’s department of health or 2) provides a view of an Original COVID-19 Vaccine Record Card or Foreign Equivalent.

If your proof is not on the list above, it will not be accepted. There are no case-by-case exceptions, exemptions, or other considerations. Furrydelphia, Inc. has a ZERO tolerance policy for unvaccinated individuals attempting to enter Convention Space.

Forging Government Documents is a Crime. All suspected forgeries will be reported immediately to law enforcement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Furrydelphia happening in-person in 2022?

Yes! Furrydelphia is opening its doors August 26-28, 2022, at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown. Pre-registration, hotel booking, and panel/DJ/dance competition applications will all be open until July 24.

Are masks required while attending?

Masks are mandatory in Furrydelphia convention space. Please note that the city of Philadelphia has dropped its mask mandate, and so masks are otherwise optional throughout the hotel and throughout the city, including restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions.

Do I need to provide proof of vaccination to attend?

Yes. With social distancing largely a thing of the past, we believe it is MORE important, not less, that only individuals who are fully vaccinated be permitted to staff and attend the convention. To that end we are requiring that staff, dealers, and attendees show us their original copy of their CDC vaccination card in order to pick up their badge. You will be required to opt in and sign your agreement to this policy before you pay for your badge. Anyone who purchases a registration for the convention online but refuses to show us their vaccination card will be denied entry to the event without possibility of refund.

Can I bring a laminated CDC vaccination card or a photocopy of my card?

Yes. In compliance with PA Guidelines we will accept laminated CDC Vaccination Cards, digital images or photocopies of a CDC Vaccination Card, or any other valid proof presented to us in good faith.

Will Furrydelphia Accept NYS Excelsior Passes?

Yes. We accept New York State Excelsior Passes in lieu of a CDC Vaccination Card.

Will you keep my vaccination card?

No, we will be checking it for authenticity using the paper material, pen indentations, and other methods and then giving it promptly back to you.

Do I have to show my vaccination card every time I enter convention space?

No, you only need to show it to us to pick up your badge.

I cannot get vaccinated or am choosing not to get vaccinated. Why can’t I attend?

We respect that people who cannot be vaccinated or do not wish to be vaccinated may feel singled out by this restriction, but we have a moral obligation to provide the safest conditions possible for our attendees and we do not feel it is right that we enable compromised individuals to risk their health or their lives to attend our event. We wholeheartedly encourage everyone who is capable of getting vaccinated to do so and we look forward to dropping this requirement at future Furrydelphias.

I am unvaccinated; can I attend if I show a negative test result?

No. The continued advice for unvaccinated individuals is to get vaccinated as soon as possible, and to social distance until you have been vaccinated.

Is requiring to see my vaccination record a HIPAA violation?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, exists to ensure that certain entities, such as healthcare providers, insurance companies, emergency services, and business associates cannot illegally obtain or distribute your medical information. Furrydelphia is not forcing you to share your vaccination record with us, but we are asking for it in exchange for access to our private event. You as a private citizen have the right to decline showing us your vaccination card, but we as a private organization have the right to deny you entry to our event. Asking, but not forcing, access to your COVID-19 vaccination record is therefore not a violation of HIPAA. To read more about HIPAA please visit the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/phlp/publications/topic/hipaa.html

Is all of this is subject to sudden change?

As we live in rapidly changing times, these plans are all subject to change. Furrydelphia is prepared to loosen these restrictions further, including dropping mask enforcement, as the CDC and Pennsylvania government change their recommendations. We are also prepared to tighten restrictions, including cancelling the in-person event, with little-to-no advanced notice should the CDC and government decide to tighten things down in the event of a case surge. We are obviously very hopeful that this will not happen, but should it be the case, all 2022 registrations will be automatically forwarded to 2023.

How else will the convention be different this year?

Like every year, Furrydelphia is planning to provide panels and events, a dance competition, a Dealers Den, a videogame and tabletop game room, nightly dances, and more. In order to deter large crowds gathering in the lobby and other hotel spaces, we will not be hosting a fursuit parade this year.

My question wasn’t answered here. Where can I ask for help?

Our general inbox is [email protected], please feel free to shoot us an email and we will be happy to help! You can also send us a DM on Twitter or ask for an admin in our convention Telegram channel, @FurrydelphiaSFW

Last Updated: 2022/07/11