COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 years of age and older on the Disney cruise line
Disney Cruise Line announced that all passengers ages 5 and up should be vaccinated against Covid-19 starting in January, extending its mandate to cover children now eligible for vaccination in the US.
"As we sail again, the health and safety of our guests, cast members and crew members is a top priority. Our focus remains on operating our ships in a responsible manner that continues to create magic for everyone on board," said Disney Cruise Line in a statement.
Demand will begin on January 13, 2022, the company said. Children under the age of 5 must show evidence of a negative test from 3 days to 24 hours before departure, and children ages 5-11 can meet the test requirements to board the cruise before January 13th.
The announcement is in line with company policy that says all eligible guests for vaccines - as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - must be vaccinated against Covid-19 before boarding.
The US Food and Drug Administration authorized in late October that doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5-11 could be distributed, which received CDC approval.
Vaccination evidence received from the passenger cruise line is from Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Novavax, Sinopharm and Sinovac, the statement said.
The navigation industry has been working to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and has taken steps to ensure safe travel for passengers through vaccine mandates and additional safety protocols, however some cases have been reported.
"We are resuming navigation in a gradual, phased approach that highlights multiple layers of health and safety measures," Disney Cruise Line said, citing guidelines from the CDC and medical experts in their decisions.
About 1.9 million children under the age of 12 have received their first dose of the vaccine, according to CDC data, and the 5-11 age group accounts for about a third of all new vaccinations in the past two weeks.