Vol 72, No 3 (2021)
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Procedural aspects of COVID-19 vaccinations for seafarers on ocean-going vessels

Clara C. Schlaich1, Katharina Lucas1, Sophia Sydow1, Eike Beyer1, Karl P. Faesecke1
Pubmed: 34604986
IMH 2021;72(3):179-182.


The increasing availability of safe and authorised coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines for the first time provides the opportunity to vaccinate seafarers on board their ships while in port. Speedy vaccination of seafarers secures their health and serves to avoid the international propagation of COVID-19 virus variants via maritime traffic. As a port medical clinic, we will share our practical vaccination experience on board of merchant vessels in German/European ports with our esteemed coastal colleagues to stimulate their participation in this endeavour. You will have to adapt the procedure to your national particularities, otherwise please freely share the information with interested parties. Detailed guidance on COVID-19 vaccination in shipping and accompanying legal issues was published by the International Chamber of Shipping (www.ics-shipping.org).

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