Sumary of Canadian travellers frustrated as U.S. cruise lines won’t recognize mixing-and-matching COVID-19 vaccines:
- Some Canadians are frustrated after cruise lines in the United States issued policies stating they do not recognize mixing-and-matching of COVID-19 vaccines as being fully vaccinated.
- Thousands of Canadians heeded the call to mix-and-match their doses as the country faced vaccine supply issues.
- That call was bolstered when the National Advisory Committee on Immunization not only said mixing-and-matching was acceptable but recommended it when the first dose was a viral vector vaccine, like AstraZeneca.
- No other mixed vaccine doses will qualify a guest as ‘fully vaccinated,” reads the policy on Celebrity Cruises’ website.
- The policy on the Carnival Cruise Line’s website reads: “For cruises departing the U.S., the CDC requires both vaccines in a two-dose series to be of the same type.
- “They also accept mixing mRNA vaccines only (Pfizer and Moderna).
- “No other vaccine combination meets the criteria to be considered fully vaccinated.
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