Guideline for offering vaccines against COVID-19 to foreign seafarers calling at Norwegian ports
The Norwegian government has decided that seafarers on vessels calling at Norwegian ports can be vaccinated free of charge in Norway. Many of these seafarers stay on the vessels for extended periods of time and it can be difficult for them to receive a vaccine in their home country.
Vaccination of foreign seafarers on ships that regularly call at Norwegian ports or will stay in Norwegian ports over time, can contribute to the protection of seafarers, to the control of transmission globally and to transmission control in Norway. This will improve transmission control in Norway in several ways:
- The risk of seafarers needing health care and treatment for COVID-19 in Norway is reduced.
- The risk of transmission to or from seafarers during port-calls in Norway is reduced.
- The risk of transmission to or from seafarers during transit on land is reduced.
- The risk of transmission on board to colleagues or passengers who live in Norway is reduced. Vaccination will be especially important on vessels with many passengers.