Panama starts vaccinating seafarers against Covid-19
THE Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) and Peru’s Ministry of Health (Minsa) have begun vaccinating seamen of all nationalities on board vessels belonging to the Panama Ship Registry, as well as those registered with other flags that arrive at our ports, against Covid-19.
The AMP said 300,000 doses of the pharmaceutical house Astrazeneca are available and will be applied in the ports located in the Pacific and in the Atlantic.
“In addition, they are in contact with shipping agencies to receive information on the ships that will dock and thus determine the number of seafarers interested in receiving their dose,” AMP said in a statement.
The Secretary General of the Panama Maritime Authority, Elvia Bustavino, said: “Panama continues to support essential workers, our seafarers, who provide their services in the midst of this global pandemic so that supply chains remain active, recognizing their valuable contribution.”
The AMP highlighted that from the first moment of the pandemic it has been supporting seafarers, including the reparation and disembarkation of more than 18,000 seamen of various nationalities, including Panamanians, from different types of vessels, which arrived in its jurisdictional waters and ports, both by sea and by air, to alleviate the crew change crisis.
In addition, it has managed complaints and the payment of wages owed to seafarers from their registry and the issuing of 255,000 electronic certificates to seafarers since the end of December last year so that their certificates or licenses do not expire and that they can continue working.