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ringers0815

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  1. The CDC has now updated its guidelines by adding an Annex describing what vaccines qualify people as fully vaccinated. This Annex states :" Therefore, for the purposes of interpretation of vaccination records, individuals can be considered fully vaccinated ≥2 weeks after receipt of the last dose if they have received any single dose of an FDA approved/authorized or WHO EUL approved single-dose series (i.e., Janssen), or any combination of two doses of an FDA approved/authorized or WHO emergency use listed COVID-19 two-dose series." (I added the emphasis) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html#annex
  2. It is being reported in the french media. Quebec is offering a third dose of the vaccine to those who received AZ and pfizer/moderna if the mixed vaccine regime is not recognized by the country they are travelling to. Quebecers can obtain the 3rd dose by just going to a vaccine clinic and request it according to the article. https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1811537/quebec-troisieme-dose-voyages-etranger-vaccination-covid
  3. Germany is also using the same approcah, they now recommend and mRNA dose after receiving AZ as the first dose. The German Chancellor got AZ for her first shot and moderna for her second. Other countries in Europe and Asia are also following this approach now as clinical trials have shown that the immune response is stronger. Which make it a bit ironic that Princess won't recognize it. I think it will become more common and the cruise lines will have to adapt their policies.
  4. Maybe Princess needs to review its policy. In its guidance (quoted below), the WHO says that a mix and match regime of first AZ followed by an mRNA is acceptable and considered as a full vaccination (I added the emphasis): "It is currently recommended that the same product should be used for both doses. If different COVID-19 vaccine products are inadvertently administered in the two doses, no additional doses of either vaccine are recommended at this time. Heterologous (mixand-match) studies are ongoing with regards to the interchangeability of this (Pfizer) vaccine with other COVID-19 vaccines. Preliminary results from a heterologous priming schedule where BNT162b2 was given as the second dose following a first dose of ChAdOx1- S [recombinant] vaccine showed a slightly increased but acceptable reactogenicity with superior or similar immunogenicity results, thus supporting the use of such a heterologous priming schedule in settings where the second dose for the ChAdOx1-S [recombinant] vaccine is not available due to vaccine supply constraints or other concerns (17, 18)" Since Princess says it will accept vaccines approved by the FDA or the WHO then perhaps they need to look more closely at the WHO guidance.
  5. The WHO says it is acceptable and they do not recommend a 3rd dose, ie (I added the emphassis): "Interchangeability with other vaccines It is currently recommended that the same product should be used for both doses. If different COVID-19 vaccine products are inadvertently administered in the two doses, no additional doses of either vaccine are recommended at this time. Heterologous (mixand-match) studies are ongoing with regards to the interchangeability of this vaccine with other COVID-19 vaccines. Preliminary results from a heterologous priming schedule where BNT162b2 was given as the second dose following a first dose of ChAdOx1- S [recombinant] vaccine showed a slightly increased but acceptable reactogenicity with superior or similar immunogenicity results, thus supporting the use of such a heterologous priming schedule in settings where the second dose for the ChAdOx1-S [recombinant] vaccine is not available due to vaccine supply constraints or other concerns (17, 18)." Link to the document: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-2019-nCoV-vaccines-SAGE_recommendation-BNT162b2-2021.1
  6. I will also email them and call. I don’t like having to scan our passports into the app. It’s a security issue. Much safer to do all of this on a computer at home than have it on a phone that can be lost.
  7. As westcoaster mentioned, Canada has been deliberately pursuing a strategy of giving first doses to as many people as possible to better protect everybody. According to covid vaccine tracker (https://covid19tracker.ca/vaccinationtracker.html), 72% of eligible Canadians (12 and over) have now received a first dose of covid vaccine. I anticipate that the focus will start to shift now more to second doses given the first dose coverage. Currently 11% of eligible Canadians (12 and over) are fully vaccinated. So we are getting there! I am one of those fully vaccinated and can't wait for borders to fully open!
  8. My husband can login to his website account and all the info on his account is now accessible. But I still can’t get into my website account, and like you I get this page asking more information and the login ID on that page is my husband’s email…. But the app works on my phone.
  9. My husband gets the same message when he logs-in to his account and tries to manage one of the cruises we have booked. However, I can't even log-in to my account today, worked fine yesterday but today it says "success" but then brings me to a page asking for more information.... I have not filled the page requesting information since they already have all of this information! But the app on my phone works and my cruises are all there....
  10. Using the same credentials for the app and the website still works for me and my husband. We can both login to our Princess.com accounts and the apps on our phones. The apps also have all of the information on our future cruises. When I downloaded the medallion app on my husband's phone yesterday and registered him, the app on his phone picked up all the info I had entered for him months ago on the app on my phone including his photo and documents.
  11. I was able to log in to my account yesterday and again today (it worked on every browser I tried). I logged in using the password for the medallion app (i had a different one on the app vs the website). I did not have to reset the password, just logged in using the password I had for the medallion app and it works now (I had tried this last week but it did not work then). All my info is there. I then downloaded the medallion app to my husband's phone and registered him on the app using the same credentials he uses for his Princess account on the website. And it worked. He can now log in to his account.
  12. Still does not work for me.
  13. Some of the inside passage (Hecate Strait and the Queen Charlotte Sound) depicted on that map is in Canadian waters.
  14. I believe that its a prohibition of cruises in Canadian waters. See link of announcement. https://www.canada.ca/en/transport-canada/news/2021/02/government-of-canada-announces-one-year-ban-for-pleasure-craft-and-cruise-vessels.html But as vaccinations increase in Canada and covid cases go down maybe the Canadian government will allow ships in Canadian waters. It was reported in the news recently that talks are underway between the USA and Canada re re-opening the borders so maybe they are talking about this as well.
  15. My daughters play ringette (ringers) and their jersey numbers are 08 and 15.
  16. I am very sorry for your loss. This is a terrible disease and we can only hope that the vaccines will beat it back. But it will be too late for so many people. Very sad.
  17. I don’t see the change in the contracts for the cruises we have booked. They still say “recommend insurance” but it’s not required. In Ontario our universal health care is called OHIP and it does cover out of country emergency medical care. The current provincial government tried to remove this coverage but this was challenged in court and they had to reinstate it. However, most people get additional coverage for out of country medical care as OHIP does not cover 100% of the costs.
  18. We like to travel on our own and then cruise to travel back home or to relax before going back home. We have 3 cruises booked that would fit the bill for us: a November 2021 TA; an April 2022 Trans Pacific out of Sydney; and a Baltic cruise in September 2022. We have EZair flexible tickets booked for the November TA (not sure this one will go ahead given current state of pandemic). We are hoping to go in early October and spend a month in Europe before cruising back to North America. For the Trans Pacific we have booked business class tickets to Australia using our Aeroplan points (fully refundable of course). We would fly in mid March to spend a few weeks in Australia before the cruise. We are thinking of booking a March 2023 similar cruise out of Sydney as a back-up just in case... We have not yet made plans around the September 2022 Baltic cruise but I am hopeful that this one will sail.
  19. In Canada the regulator is Health Canada and they have authorized the vaccines with the dose intervals as per the clinical trials ie Pfizer 3 weeks, Moderna 4 weeks and AstraZeneca 4 to 12 weeks. It is a national advisory body of experts (called NACI) that has said extending to 16 weeks for all the covid 2 dose vaccines was ok if required because of short supply. They said their advice is based on real world evidence coming out of primarily the UK. The provinces (who have jurisdiction over the delivery of health care) have decided to follow the advice of NACI and use the 16 weeks interval. NACI is now reviewing data from a new study about vaccine effectiveness for the very elderly and others (like cancer patients) and have said they may revise their recommendation.
  20. Yes it’s CANImmunize (the logo is a bird with a small red maple leaf)
  21. No need to laminate as I got my proof of vaccination both in paper form (which I filed at home) and by email directly from the Ontario Ministry of Health. I stored my electronic version in my emails on my phone but also uploaded it to my Canadian Immunization App on my phone.
  22. Congratulations to the grandparents and the parents. Enjoy your new grandson! Hélène
  23. Not close to $37,600! But the saving was still $376.12 so it must be something more than just the exchange rate. But we like any fare change in our favour.
  24. We saved $376 on one booking. We will take it!
  25. Vaccine roll-out is (finally) accelerating in Ontario where the AstraZeneca vaccine is now available to 60 to 64 years old in some pharmacies and mRNA vaccines are being used in vaccination clinics for older groups. I got my first shot of the AZ vaccine. In Quebec they are vaccinating 65+ in Montreal and 70+ elsewhere. All of my 70+ relatives in Quebec (and some 65+) have now had, or have appointments to have in the coming days, their first shot of the vaccine.
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