Family's £14,000 Caribbean cruise is cancelled by P&O over vaccines

Family’s £14,000 Caribbean cruise is cancelled by P&O because their two children aged two and five-months-old are not double vaccinated

  • Ally Keeting, 31, 她的丈夫, and six relatives booked a cruise over Christmas
  • But they were devastated when the P&O Cruises called to say they couldn’t go
  • Firm said they would need to be double vaccinated to get aboard the cruise ship
  • Children are Sofia, 2, and baby Finley, while cousins aged, 12 和 13, due to travel
  • UK’s current Covid vaccine roll-out only covers children aged as young as 12-15
  • A couple’s dream Caribbean cruise holiday has been cancelled by P&O because their children are not double vaccinateddespite it being impossible for them to get the Covid jab.

    Ally Keeting, 31, and her husband Joe, 35, had booked the £14,000 December Caribbean cruise with their two young children back in August.

    But they were devastated when the holiday company called to say their children, 苏菲亚, 二, and Finley, 五个月, would need to be double vaccinated to get aboard.

    The call came after the cruise firm last month changed its policy on its Caribbean cruises, meaning all passengers must be double vaccinated, irrespective of age.

    However the UK’s medicine regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has so far only recommended Covid jabs for children 12 and older.

    That means it is currently impossible for the Keetings to get their children vaccinated against Covid in the UK.

    The family from Leeds, 西约克, have since had their holiday money refunded. But they have had to pay an extra £2,000 in order to travel with another firm.

    Ally, a civil servant, 说过: ‘We’re just baffled and really upset. How can we achieve something that’s unachievable?

    Ally Keeting, 31, husband Joe, 35, had booked a £14,000 December Caribbean cruise with their two young children back in August. But they were devastated when the holiday company called to say their kids Sofia, 二, and Finley, 五个月, would need to be double vaccinated to get aboard

    Ally Keeting, 31, husband Joe, 35, had booked a £14,000 December Caribbean cruise with their two young children back in August. But they were devastated when the holiday company called to say their kids Sofia, 二, and Finley, 五个月, would need to be double vaccinated to get aboard

    ‘There’s nowhere in the world that’s vaccinating children that youngthe vaccines aren’t even licensed for that age group.

    ‘It’s like hitting your head on a brick wall. I just couldn’t believe it.

    The couple and their children, were due to travel with his mother, sister and her two children from Manchester Airport on December 17.

    从那里, they were due to fly out to board P&O’s Britannia ship in Barbados.

    Joe’s mother paid for it as a treat for her family to celebrate her 70th birthday.

    They had started planning all their trips on the islands and even buying holiday clothes.

    Ally looked online and all the Caribbean countries seemed to require was a Covid test for children, 她说. The couple booked in August.

    But P&O changed its policy last month. The line’s president Paul Ludlow said its Covid-19 protocols ‘needed to evolve to the changing public health situationwhich had prompted the change in policy.

    The family were given a refund and have booked another trip with Tui.

    But Ally said: ‘We just felt really sad. If they had to cancel it because of regulations you’d understand.

    The couple and their children, were due to travel with his mother, sister and her two children from Manchester Airport on December 17. 从那里, they were due to fly out to board P&O's Britannia (图为) ship in Barbados

    The couple and their children, were due to travel with his mother, sister and her two children from Manchester Airport on December 17. 从那里, they were due to fly out to board P&O’s Britannia (图为) ship in Barbados

    ‘But when it’s their own new policy that doesn’t make sense: it’s irritating and hurtful,’ said Ally.

    A spokesperson from P&O Cruises said: ‘We are so sorry for the disappointment that this has caused.

    '然而, given the long-haul destinations and the number of different countries visited, combined with the current health protocols and various and evolving entry requirements in the Caribbean, all guests (irrespective of age) must have completed their vaccination course at least 14 days prior to travel for this season of Caribbean cruise holidays.

    It comes as one of No10’s vaccine advisers cautioned today said it is ‘far too earlyfor the UK to follow the US in jabbing five year olds.

    杰里米·布朗教授, on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (联合会), argued there was a case for giving doses to vulnerable infants with medical conditions.

    But he said Britain’s medical regulator has yet to scrutinise data from the US to see whether the jab should be given the green light for any under-12s.

    US health bosses last night approved controversial plans to vaccinate children aged five to 11, piling pressure on the UK to follow suit.

    But England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said a move to mirror America’s policy was ‘some way down the track’.

    Britain has so far limited its vaccine programme to healthy over-12s, after months of deliberating over the finely balanced risk/benefit ratio.

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