The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is relaxing vaccination rules for cruise ships?
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its definition of what it means to be a highly vaccinated cruise ship, cutting the proportion of passengers who must have the vaccination.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cruise ships with 90 percent of its passengers vaccinated will be considered "Highly Vaccinated" ships in the future. To achieve that criterion, a lesser percentage is required now, as opposed to the former standard of 95 percent.
At the moment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies cruise ships into three categories: "Not highly vaccinated," which includes ships where less than 90 percent of passengers and 95 percent of crew are fully vaccinated dordle; "highly vaccinated," which includes ships where at least 90 percent of passengers and 95 percent of crew are fully vaccinated, but less than that includes people with up to date COVID-19 boosters; and the third category, which includes ships that have achieved a "Vaccination".
"This change is based on modeling data," said Tom Skinner, a CDC official, according to USA Today. "Getting vaccinated is the most effective approach to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to urge that passengers and crew members be up to date on their COVID-19 immunizations before embarking on a cruise."
As of Friday, 92 cruise ships have opted into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 program, with all of them being categorized as "Highly Vaccinated," according to the agency. There were no ships rated as "Vaccination Standards of Excellence" because there were none.
A commercial, foreign-flagged passenger ship carrying at least 250 people falls within the jurisdiction of the categories.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) originally developed these designations after allowing its Conditional Sail Order to expire in January and making its advise for cruise companies optional. In March, the agency said that it will no longer issue a travel warning against cruise ship travel for the first time in two years, instead advising Americans to "make their own risk assessment when deciding to travel on a cruise ship, just as they would in any other travel environment."