The Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG) XXIX is Cancelled.

Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG) COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Updated January 4, 2022

We are committed to providing and maintaining a safe, healthy environment for our attendees, exhibitors, conference and hotel management and staff, and for all individuals who are onsite at the Plant and Animal Conference (PAG). Your safety and well-being are our top priorities. We are closely monitoring communications from the CDC and the California Department of Public Health and taking appropriate safeguards to address recommendations by these agencies.


  • As per a mandate from the California Department of Public Health, we are now requiring everyone wear a face covering indoors at the conference.
  • Proof of a FDA or World Health Organization authorized full vaccination, along with proof of a COVID-19 negative test  taken within 72 hours will be required for all individuals to enter the Conference Center.
  • Due to the current difficulties receiving PCR test results, we are now accepting COVID-19 negative antigen tests from a certified laboratory. We are NOT accepting home, or Over-the-Counter test results.
  •  As per CDC guidelines, we will also accept a “Documentation of Recovery” letter from a licensed healthcare provider or public health official stating that the attendee has been cleared for travel.


Please see below for full details on the documentation required and the procedures to expect on site.

Help Reduce the Risk
One Secure Entrance
Required Documentation
Verification Procedure
Hotel Precautions
In Conclusion
Final Notes
Questions or Concerns?
Additonal Information



 Help Reduce the Risk

To reduce the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19, we ask the following:

  • If you have been vaccinated, you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination and a recent negative COVID-19 test.
    Wearing a mask indoors will be required.

  • If you have not been fully vaccinated, you will be NOT be allowed to enter the conference.

  • If you do not feel well on any day of the conference, contact us immediately. We will provide a credit for the 2023 PAG meeting.

We also expect everyone to certify that they are not in one of the following groups:

  • Individuals who currently or within the past ten (10) days have experienced any symptoms associated with COVID-19, which include but is not limited to; fever, coughing or shortness/difficulty in breathing, loss of taste/smell, fatigue, and headaches, among others.

  • Individuals who believe that they may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 within the past ten (10) days.

  • Individuals who have tested positive for and/or been diagnosed with COVID-19 or any of its variant strains and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by public health authorities or the health care team responsible for their treatment.

  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


One Secure Entrance

In order to maintain our strict Covid safety protocols, the only entrance to the Conference Center, including the Registration area and all workshop and event rooms, will be via the Pacific Foyer (formerly Golden Pacific Foyer) which is adjacent to the Flamingo Lawn (formerly Lion Fountain Court).

There will be no direct access to the Conference Center from Fashion Valley Road, and the entrances via the Town & Country Foyer (formerly Atlas Foyer) or near the Exhibit Hall (Golden State Ballroom/Foyer) will be closed.

Attendees staying at other area hotels are advised to arrive at the hotel's main entrance at 500 Hotel Circle North, and walk through the property to the Flamingo Lawn. For those driving we recommend the Back Parking Lot, which has an entrance on Fashion Valley Road, and is a short walk to the Flamingo Lawn.

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Required Documentation

All individuals will be required to provide proof of full vaccination, along with an appropriate ID matching the name on the documentation. Fully vaccinated individuals must be at least 14 days after their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or at least 14 days after their single dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

We will accept proof of FULL vaccination of all FDA-authorized vaccines or a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization.

All individuals will also be required to provide proof of a COVID-19 negative test  taken within 72 hours. Due to the current difficulties receiving PCR test results, we are now accepting COVID-19 negative antigen tests from a certified laboratory. We are NOT accepting home, or Over-the-Counter test results.

As per CDC guidelines, we will also accept a “Documentation of Recovery” letter from a licensed healthcare provider or public health official stating that the attendee has been cleared for travel.

If it is not possible to arrange a COVID test in advance, complimentary testing will be offered if an appointment is made by December 20, 2021. Testing will be available onsite for those who do NOT make an appointment before December 20, 2021 for a fee. Please see our COVID-19 testing information page  for details, and to make an advance onsite appointment (required.)

It is highly recommended to make your arrangements for testing prior to traveling.


Verification Procedure

All attendees will be required to submit their vaccination documents for verification at the COVID Screening Area onsite on the Flamingo Lawn.

Documents will be accepted digitally and upload instructions will be sent to your mobile phone onsite via text (or via email for international attendees without the capability for SMS/text onsite). There will a manual verification option available for those without a mobile device or those who require additional assistance.

Upon verification clearance, a wristband will be issued and must be worn at all times in the Conference Center.

Additional Information Regarding the Verification Procedure:


Hotel Precautions

The Town and Country follows all San Diego mandated COVID requirements. Their cleaning protocols meet or exceed the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. For more information, please view their Health & Wellness Commitment Statement.


In Conclusion

We are so excited to have this opportunity to gather again to share this important work, and we thank you for your patience as we go through this process together. As the situation is constantly evolving, please check our website for the most current information and updated COVID-19 Policies and Procedures.


Final Notes

  • Wearing face masks is required indoors.
  • Proof of full vaccination and a COVID-19 negative test is required to attend PAG. (We are currently accepting Antigen tests, we are not accepting home/OTC tests)
  • If you have received a COVID-19 negative test (PCR or Antigen test) within 72 hours prior to arriving in San Diego you are not required to test again onsite.
  • Everyone entering the Conference Center must display a wristband while within all areas of the Conference Center.
  • Children under the age of 12 will not be permitted within the Conference Center.
  • PAG reserves the right to deny entry to or remove anyone within the Conference Center who refuses to follow procedures, or is presenting with COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • The Plant and Animal Conference (PAG) and the Town and Country Hotel and Conference Center have put in place various preventative measures to address concerns relative to the spread of COVID-19. Nevertheless, we cannot guarantee that those in attendance will not become infected with SARS-CoV-2 the virus that causes COVID-19, or any of it variant strains.

Additional Information:


Questions or Concerns?

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Additonal Information (External Links)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

World Health Organization (WHO) - COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker (McGill University)

California COVID-19 Data

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