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COVID-19 Vaccines effective?
Outbreak on cruise ship Dec. 18

Symphony of the Seas cruise ship. -Photo: By Darthvadrouw - Creative Commons

By Tami Stevenson

More than six thousand passengers and crew boarded the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas cruise ship in Miami, on December 11. Passengers felt it was safe to finally enjoy a vacation on the water as the cruise line required all adults 12 years and older to be fully vaccinated for coronavirus. However, it was docked at PortMiami, Saturday, December 18, with 48 passengers that became ill and tested positive for COVID-19. Those that tested positive were reportedly taken to quarantine immediately.

In spite of health officials telling the public the vaccines will work against the new variants, like Omicron, people are seeing this is not the case with these breakthrough infections. Of the 48 people that contracted the virus, reports state 98 percent of those were fully vaccinated, which would mean two percent of the 48 victims must have been children, which calculates to one child.

According to reports, all Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose of their vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. As an extra safety measure, all passengers had to take a COVID test before boarding.

According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the U.S. alone has lost over 5 million tourism jobs due to the pandemic already. The cruise industry was among those hardest hit. The entire industry was shut down for more than a year. They have just been up and running for the last six months or so.

Cruise industry leaders say the incident is not expected to affect future cruises at this time. That ship, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of Sea’s has reportedly already left for a new destination.