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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Roadmap for Vaccination of International Seafarers, Second Edition (March 2022)

This roadmap sets out procedures for a programme that can be implemented by all stakeholders concerned to facilitate safe ship crew vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It can be used by shipping companies (their agents and representatives, including crew agencies), maritime administrations and national health authorities, in liaison with other authorities (such as local customs, immigration, border control, seaport and civil aviation) and seafarers, during the planning and roll-out stages of the vaccination programme.

This roadmap:

  1. Proposes a framework dedicated to seafarers, for the establishment of vaccination centres in hubs, i.e. places easily accessible to seafarers (ports or airports); and
  2. Describes aspects to consider in a vaccination programme for seafarers, such as:
  • Planning, setting up and operating a vaccination centre, including vaccine logistics and distribution;
  • Rostering seafarers and associated documentation; and
  • Legal/liability considerations.

Shipping companies should ensure that they follow national requirements with regards to vaccination and quarantine.

New in the second edition:

  • Updated guidance reflecting the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccinations;
  • Updated information on establishing a vaccination site or national hub for seafarers;
  • New information covering seafarer travel to and from vaccination sites and the necessary documentation required;
  • An example vaccination card that can be printed off and provided to seafarers to document their vaccinations; and
  • Updated references to alternative and important industry guides on vaccinations for seafarers.
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