Royal Caribbean Group cruise companies is now accepting passengers who have mixed coronavirus vaccinations following clarification from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the issue.
As a result of the CDC’s clarification of its position regarding mixed vaccinations, Celebrity Cruises is providing updated guidance.
For sailings departing from the US, the CDC will now view passengers who have a mixed combination of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer/Moderna) as fully vaccinated.
If a guest has already received two mRNA vaccines in mixed series at a minimum interval of 28 days the CDC will consider that individual to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Guests who received the Janssen (aka Johnson & Johnson) vaccine before or after another COVID-19 vaccine should be considered to have received a valid, single-dose Janssen vaccination — not a mixed vaccination series — and are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
To be recognized as fully vaccinated, guests 12 years of age and older must complete a vaccine series with the last dose administered at least 14 days prior to sailing.
Celebrity Cruises says only U.S. guests will be permitted to sail on the Celebrity Apex from Barcelona.
Guests sailing on Celebrity Silhouette from Southampton, Celebrity Apex sailing from Athens, or Celebrity Flora, Xploration and Xpedition in the Galapagos, may have mixed doses as follows:
- AstraZeneca, with the AstraZeneca dose being administered first, followed within 8-12 weeks by either the Pfizer or Moderna dose.
- One dose of Pfizer or Moderna followed at least four weeks later by a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna.
Celebrity is also warning that some ports of call may not accept mixed vaccines and therefore could prevent guests with mixed vaccines from going ashore.
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