The VOSH Annual Meeting will be held at the beautiful

Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive

8001 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819 

Accommodations:

VOSH has reserved a block of rooms at a discounted group rate. Space is limited so book early!

Use this link to reserve your room: VOSH GROUP RATE and select ATTENDEE in the dropdown menu. Or call 1-800-421-8001

VOSH room rates are for Friday Oct. 25th and Saturday Oct. 26th. VOSH rates may be available 3 days before and after, but subject to availability. All rooms have 2 queen beds for $139 per night (+ taxes and fees).

All rooms include complimentary overnight parking, complimentary WiFi, access to fitness center and spa, in-room coffee maker, roundtrip bus transfer Universal Studios, City Walk and Sea World.

Transportation to Hotel:

Please refer to this website recommended by the hotel regarding transportation to and from the Orlando Airport and the hotel:

https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Orlando-Airport-MCO/Wyndham-Orlando-Resort-International-Drive

The I-Ride Trolley will take folks from the hotel to the Orange County Convention Center. Take the Redline. See I-Ride_Trolley

Questions?

Contact Deborah Wright at wright@vosh.org

Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

VOSH/International recently consulted its US and International Chapters about the feasibility and timing to restart our humanitarian clinics. While the vaccination process continues with different levels of success depending on availability and acceptance, it is evident that vaccine inequity and the availability and reliability of data in several countries are issues we need to consider.

Even if already vaccinated, our chapters are still concerned about the wellbeing of our volunteers and patients.  Some chapters, are organizing clinics locally where they are better able to comply with the existing safety requirements and respective state/country regulations.

The COVID-19 pandemic is being experienced quite differently depending on state, region, country, vaccine availability, vaccine acceptance, and the spread of SARS-COV-2 variants. Most VOSH chapters are not holding clinics or traveling internationally in 2021.

Thus, VOSH/International is slightly moderating its overall guidance against clinics and travel issued in late March 2020 and renewed in January 2021. This will be reviewed and communicated on a quarterly basis.

If a VOSH Chapter choses to hold a clinic or travel internationally, we highly recommend that the chapter performs due diligence to comply fully with the requirements established by the visited country, ensures all VOSH volunteers are aware of and follow strict safety guidelines and all existing protocols and regulations of the country, and keeps the principle of “do no harm” embedded in all its decision making. As always, the wellbeing and safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance and central to any decision-making process. We have published our updated clinic guidelines with best practices to be observed in this new context. VOSH chapters in specific countries are using protocols that need to be considered as well. You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here.

*VOSH/International is formed by autonomous US and international chapters that are fully and only responsible for their activities, fundraising and decision-making.  VOSH/International can only provide recommendations based on our best knowledge and information at the time.

Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

US CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/when-to-delay-travel.html

US Government Travel Advise: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

John Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

July 2021