The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has coordinated with a number of shipping bodies to launch a practical guide on COVID-19 vaccinations for use throughout the industry. The guide is part of an effort to ensure that seafarers are kept safe and fully informed when it comes to vaccines, while also maintaining the integrity of global supply chains.
The guide, entitled “COVID-19: Vaccination for Seafarers and Shipping,” was co-produced with the International Maritime Health Association, Intertanko, and the International Transport Federation (ITF), it is being circulated to shipowners for use amongst crews. It is hoped the guide will help tackle the spread of vaccine misinformation by providing a trusted source of information for crew members.
An accompanying video features seafarers from across the world discussing how vaccines will improve their ability to carry out their day-to-day roles. They include Captain Rajeshkumar Singh, from Mumbai, who said: “Vaccines will provide us with the best possible protection against COVID-19 and will be vital to ensure that we can travel freely across the globe.”