Carnival Cruise to Require Proof of COVID-19 Vaccinations from Patients

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  • Carnival Cruise Line will require passengers on its first sailings in July to receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot
  • This comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that cruise ship companies require that passengers receive COVID-19 vaccination when they can restart operations
  • In the updated guidance, the CDC said cruise ships can begin simulated voyages before resuming restricted operations, which requires at least 95% of passengers be vaccinated against COVID-19
  • The policy will affect sailings out of all its ports, including Port Canaveral and other Florida ports; however, in Florida, the governor has issued an executive order prohibiting "vaccine passports"
  • Governor Ron DeSantis opposes requiring vaccine certifcates from residents, and has filed legal action against the CDC over the agency's requirement of COVID-19 vaccination for a return to sailing