Nov 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Disney Cruise Line to require passengers 5 and older to receive COVID vaccine

Disney Cruise Line
Disney cruise ship. Photo: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

Disney Cruise Line announced Wednesday that it would require all guests over the age of 5 to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Disney is the first cruise line to institute a vaccine requirement for children. The mandate, set to take effect on Jan. 13, comes after federal regulators approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine for use in children this month.

  • Guests who are ineligible to receive the vaccine because of their age are required to provide documentation of a negative COVID test, according to the news release.
  • For people who opt against complying with the cruise line's policy, no-fee cancellations are allowed before Dec. 1, per Bloomberg.

What they're saying: "As we set sail again, the health and safety of our Guests, Cast Members and Crew Members is a top priority," the company said in a statement.

  • "We are resuming sailing in a gradual, phased approach that emphasizes multiple layers of health and safety measures," it continued.
  • "Under this guidance, we've reimagined your cruise experience so we all can enjoy the magic responsibly."
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