For the time being, this is a trial in the Rotterdam region in which 10,000 Corona vaccines are available for all sea-going vessels over a period of 2 months.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the WHO’s decision to name seafarers as one of the groups of transportation workers that should be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination in instances of limited supplies.
The number of sailors infected with COVID-19 on a South Korean destroyer on its exclusive anti-piracy mission has gone up to nearly 250, the largest cluster for the country’s military during the ongoing pandemic.
Global vaccination drives for seafarers are currently going so slowly that it will be unable to prevent potential outbreaks on ships, resulting in trade disruptions, endangering maritime employees, and slowing economies trying to recover from the pandemic shock.
A crew and 3,000 passengers are disembarking Dream Cruises ship on Wednesday after having been confined in cabins after a passenger had tested positive for Covid-19.
Maritime Association of Shipowners Shipmanagers and Agents (MASSA) had alleged that several lakhs of Indian seafarers who are not or no longer Maharashtra state residents are denied COVID-19 vaccines by the BMC-run hospitals.
Over 1,000 Filipino seafarers received the COVID-19 vaccination on International Seafarers’ Day on June 25. In Taguig City, 500 seafarers took their COVID-19 jab while 550 took theirs in Manila.
Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry will vaccinate 40,000 seafarers and explores potential to become vaccination hub.
About 1,200 seafarers had been administered Pfizer vaccines in Manila yesterday owing to the vaccine brand preferences of the destination countries.