Disney Cruise Line will require children ages five and up to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for cruises starting in January next year.
Disney is the first cruise company to update its policy with a requirement for children ages five to 11, who only recently became eligible for COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.
Meanwhile, Health Canada, today (Nov. 19), officially approved Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine for children ages five to 11, calling it more than 90 per cent effective against COVID-19.
"After a thorough and independent scientific review of the evidence, the department has determined that the benefits of this vaccine for children between five and 11 years of age outweigh the risks," wrote Health Canada in a news release on Friday.
Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine is to be delivered in doses one-third the size of those given to adults and kids 12 and older and Health Canada plans to inject the two doses 21 days apart.
Disney Cruise Line’s new vaccine requirement for young kids is for sailings beginning on or after January 13, 2022," the company said on its website Wednesday. "Guests who are not vaccine-eligible because of age must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result."
The cruise line will accept vaccines approved by the CDC and World Health Organization, including Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Novavax, Sinopharm and Sinovac.
Alternatively, passengers ages five through 11 may opt in to testing instead of showing vaccination proof for sailings that depart before Jan. 13.