Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo has announced vaccination to Seamen on Panama flag vessels, regardless of nationality, when they arrive in Panama.
To begin the procedure, 300,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccination are now accessible.
Seafarers who want to obtain the AstraZeneca vaccination will just need to coordinate with the company’s local representative in Panama, who will notify the Panama Maritime Authority and the Ministry of Health.
The ships are vital, but the seafarers are even more important since the ships cannot move without them, and we are extremely glad to be able to give vaccinations for the Panamanian fleet’s “critical personnel.Capt Juan Maltez, head of the Panama Maritime Authority Department of Seafarers.
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Vaccination of seafarers lags well behind that of industrialized countries, where booster injection programs are already in place. The Neptune Declaration Crew Change Indicator reports 49.5 percent seafarer vaccine coverage at the beginning of December; however, given the leading nature of the firms in the poll, the total industry proportion might be lower.
Capt Faouzi Fradi, Group Director, Crewing and Training for Colombia Ship Management, recently highlighted key waterways such as the Panama Canal, Turkish Straits, and Suez Canal as locations where vaccinations for seafarers could be increased due to the large number of ships that pass through these regions. Vaccination to Seamen on Panama flag is important.