Embarkation on cruises requires complete vaccination and 14 days of immunization

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At least 25 cruise ship passengers have not been able to board since last Friday (5), the day that marked the end of the stoppage and the beginning of the sea travel season. The reason was the lack of complete vaccination against Covid-19 and the failure to comply with the period of 14 days that is necessary for the vaccine to generate immunization in the human body, after the application of the last dose.

The 14-day period is defined by the PNI (National Immunization Program) as being necessary to achieve the best immunization. This deadline is supported by clinical studies of vaccines that use this time as a reference to achieve protection with the vaccine.

The cruise season in Brazil was resumed after the decision of the three ministers who signed the interministerial decree 658/2021. With the decision, Anvisa was responsible for defining the sanitary protocols for this activity. The goal is to reduce the risk of contamination and spread of the Covid-19 virus during cruises.

All travelers must carefully observe the rules, documents and deadlines required to have boarding authorized by the companies, which are responsible for ensuring compliance with the rules.

Check out the main requirements for boarding and conducting cruises:

1 – Complete vaccination cycle against Covid-19. This means that the person must have taken the second dose – or a single dose, depending on the immunizing agent – ​​at least 14 days before the departure date. For proof purposes, it is essential to present the National Certificate of Vaccination against Covid-19.

2- Obligation to present a negative RT-PCR test done up to 72 hours before boarding or an antigen test done up to 24 hours before boarding.

3 – Completion of a form containing information about the traveler’s health conditions. This form must be presented by all passengers, including minors and crew. The person responsible for the vessel is the one who will evaluate the information provided and may deny boarding.

4 – Daily testing of 10% of passengers on board and 10% of the crew. Positive tests cannot be discarded by a second test (retest).

5 – Maximum capacity of the vessel limited to 75% of the passenger capacity.

6 – Spacing on board of 1.5 meters between groups of travelers (example: family group or group of people traveling together).

7 – Weekly testing of the entire crew on board.

8 – Separation of cabins to isolate suspected cases on board.

9 – Prior approval of the protocols of each vessel by Anvisa.

10 – Daily notification of the health situation on board by the vessel.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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