Cyprus to vaccinate 40,000 seafarers

Cyprus has announced it will vaccinate 40,000 seafarers. The Cyprus shipping deputy ministry will provide Covid-19 vaccinations to all seafarers on Cyprus-flagged and Cyprus-managed vessels. The island nation is also exploring the potential to become a vaccination hub for all visiting seafarers. This relies upon a proportion of surplus vaccines from other countries being made available for seafarers.

Vassilios Demetriades, Cyprus shipping deputy minister, commented: “We remain committed to finding a realistic approach to a global seafarer vaccination programme. This responsibility starts at a national level, which is why we are providing vaccines to all seafarers on Cyprus-flagged and Cyprus-managed vessels.

Belgium was the first European Union country to vow to vaccinate seafarers calling at its ports.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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