The Maritime Authority of Panama (AMP) in conjunction with the Ministry of Health (MINSA) continue the vaccination day against COVID-19 where crew members of the ships Maersk Salinas and Emerald Princess received their first doses.

It is important to mention that for this vaccination process 300,000 doses are available from the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, which will be applied to seafarers who voluntarily wish to be vaccinated without nationality restriction, who arrive at our ports not only on vessels belonging to the Panama Ship Registry as well as on those registered with other flags.

The Deputy Minister of Health, Iveth Berrío and the Secretary General of the Maritime Authority of Panama, Elvia Bustavino, were present during the vaccination of the crew of the Maersk Salinas in order to support the efforts that have been led by both Entities to make this project a success.

“Providing our support to the essential workers of the world, with a vaccination program in Panama, is a sign of the commitment that we have promoted as a leader of the global merchant fleet since the beginning of the pandemic, since we have recognized the urgency of protecting them at all times, putting at their disposal our logistics hub, sanitary protocols, maritime corridor, vaccines and our human talent, in decisive times for humanity and world maritime trade,” said Bustavino

The National Government through the AMP, from the first moment of this pandemic has been supporting seafarers, with multiple actions that contemplate not only protocols of embarkation, disembarkation, crew changes and activation of the humanitarian maritime hub of the Americas, but also the priority to have access to vaccines against COVID-19 because it is its essential work for international maritime transport and for supply chains remain active.

Source: Autoridad Maritima De Panama