Covid-19 vaccines may be made available to foreign seafarers in some US ports

Standard Club has reported that additional third-party medical service providers with whom the club is familiar have reported that Covid-19 vaccines might be made available in several select ports in the US for administering to foreign seafarers on vessels calling at those ports.

It was reported that certain ports in Louisiana, Texas, Florida, and California would have the Johnson & Johnson or Janssen (J&J) single-shot Covid-19 available for those purposes on select dates in coming weeks.

As reported in Standard Club’s May 5th alert, the availability of a vaccine for foreign seafarers in the US would depend on local requirements and continued to develop. Local requirements will also impact the practical arrangements associated with implementing a vaccination program during a US port call including whether the vaccine must be administered onboard or can be administered at an off-site location. Members are encouraged to liaise with local port agents and local medical service providers as well as usual club contacts for up-to-date information.