Philippines launches seafarer vaccination programme

The Philippines is rolling out a vaccination programme for its seafarers scheduled for deployment within 90 days from July 1 this year.

Around 730,600 Filipino seafarers are expected to receive the priority jabs, the Philippines Maritime Authority (Marina) said. The seafarers with recorded sea service within the last three years will be given priority.

Unlike the majority of the population, seafarers will be getting Moderna or Pfizer jabs rather than the Chinese-produced Sinovac.

Marina said that starting this month, qualified seafarers will receive two doses at the AMOSUP Seamen’s Hospital in Manila.

Filipino seafarers whose deployment is scheduled to begin in August, will be vaccinated at several locations, including the AMOSUP Seaman’s Hospital in Davao, lloilo, Cebu, and some local government units.

Filipino seafarers were included in the priority list of Covid-19 vaccinations in April this year.

China, Russia and, belatedly, India have also set about national seafarer vaccination programmes.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a background in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.


  1. Im from puerto princesa palawan.staying meteo manila awaiting for deployment.need vaccine

  2. I am leaving on july 15 2021. I am a seaman, where and when will i get my covid vaccine? Is there a link for registration?

  3. Active Seafarer from hoegh Fleet Services need vaccines for joining july its ok to walk in..

    Thanks in advance

  4. Good morning sir/Ma’am, I am seafarer, please,how can I apply my Registration for the Pfizer vaccine?

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