The Webmaster said, "The short of it is that things are changing rapidly, and it's too soon to establish vaccine policies for next year. Other companies have had to establish their policies sooner because they have already begun operating tours. We will have our vaccine policies for 2022 determined by December."
I'm signed up for a tour in the summer of 2022 by which time I will be 76 and still have the pre-existing conditions I have now. I got the Moderna vaccine which is so far turning out to be be most effective. I will get its booster when that is possible.
I have the luxury of waiting for the vaccine policy to be announced in December to decide if I'll cancel or not. Others have much shorter deadlines to make that decision and complete their planning. They apparently will have to do so based on the belief that "it's too soon to establish vaccine policies for next year."
If I was on one of the earliest tours, which start on February 13, 2022, I do not think finding out that I might have to closely associate with others who are not vaccinated in December, 2021 would be very conducive to my trip planning.
I hope I'm wrong, but I'm skeptical that a miracle will occur in the next 2-3 months, or indeed at all, that would make it possible to go completely back to an unvaccinated, free range kind of travel.
I was confirmed for my tour on June 1st, 2021. I did my COVID-19 Health and Safety Pledge the same day. This was almost 4 weeks before the Delta variant dramatically began to spike cases in the US.
Now the World Health Organization says that it is the dominant variant worldwide, out competing and replacing all others because it's the most transmissible.
I don't think that the COVID-19 Health and Safety Pledge that I did on June 1st has changed since I did mine. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong about that.
I definitely do not think that it's too soon to have a strong vaccine mandate and set of Covid protocols for tour members. I'd be much happier to see such a strong mandate relaxed if a miracle does occur than to see a wishy-washy one that could impede the progress of a tour, cost vaccinated tour members extra money and time or even be the root cause for breakthrough infections for them.