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Fully Vaccinated Cruise Returns to Port with Several COVID Cases

The following article, Fully Vaccinated Cruise Returns to Port with Several COVID Cases, was first published on Flag And Cross.

Given just how vociferous the debate surrounding COVID-19 vaccines has been, the nation’s top health officials really can’t afford to lose any of public’s trust on the issue – especially if they are hoping to reach President Biden’s increasingly fraught vaccination goals.

This means that we need to be assured that the vaccines themselves are working, first and foremost, and that any systems being put into place to track who is and isn’t inoculated need to be up to snuff.

Recent news out of the cruise industry has called that latter bit into question.

Two passengers aboard the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship – which carried only vaccinated crew and passengers as the industry aims to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic lockdown – tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of the cruise, the company said Thursday.

Both were asymptomatic and were sharing the same stateroom.

Contact tracing efforts were underway, Celebrity said in a statement, and anyone who came into contact with the duo was expected to receive expedited testing.

“Celebrity Millennium is sailing with fully vaccinated crew and guests and following comprehensive protocols that align with our destination partners and exceed CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of our guests,” a Celebrity spokesperson said Thursday. “All guests on Celebrity Millennium were required to show proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before sailing from St. Maarten this past Saturday. This situation demonstrates that our rigorous health and safety protocols work to protect our crew, guests and the communities we visit.”

The Millennium was the first cruise ship to return to service in North America since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the industry last year.

The ship had recently undergone $500 million in upgrades, which included not only revamped amenities but also new ventilation systems to help keep passengers safe.

 

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