CDC Eases Vaccination Rules for Cruise Ships

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed its definition of what it means to be a highly vaccinated cruise ship this week, lowering the percentage of passengers required to get the shot.

 

Going forward, the CDC will consider cruise ships where 90% of passengers are vaccinated to be "Highly Vaccinated" ships, according to the agency. That is lower than the previous requirement of 95% to meet that definition.

 

Currently, the CDC classifies cruise ships under three categories: "Not Highly Vaccinated," which includes ships where less than 90% of passengers and 95% of the crew are fully vaccinated; "Highly Vaccinated," which includes ships where at least 90% of passengers and 95% of crew are fully vaccinated, but less than that includes people with up to date COVID-19 boosters; and the third category is having a "Vaccination Standard of Excellence," which means at least 90% of passengers and 95% of the crew are vaccinated and up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.

 

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