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Events adopt vaccine requirements as delta variant spreads

CES 2022 and the NAB Show among association trade shows taking extra precautions

Aug. 27, 2021
By Walt Williams

Associations running two of the biggest trade shows in Las Vegas announced that they will require attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

CES 2022 is not until January, but the Consumer Technology Association announced Aug. 17 that attendees must show proof of vaccination. The show was attended by 170,000 people in 2020, shortly before the pandemic started. The association said it is also assessing whether proof of a positive antibody test—showing that someone previously had COVID-19 and has developed immunity—could be an alternative requirement.

The National Association of Broadcasters followed a day later by announcing that participants in its Oct. 9-13 show in Las Vegas must provide proof of vaccination. The NAB Show was attended by nearly 100,000 people in 2019.