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2021-12-06

Seafarer Vaccinations in Canada

Foreign seafarers calling Canadian ports can now obtain Covid-19 vaccinations at key locations across Canada, including Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Montreal, Trois Rivieres, Quebec, Saint John, and Halifax.  Canada is mainly offering two-dose vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna), although the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has become available at some locations in British Columbia.

Transport Canada recently issued revised guidance allowing seafarers to go ashore for a maximum of six hours, which should help facilate their ability to obtain a vaccination during this period.  In all cases, seafarers engaging in shore leave (including for vaccination purposes) are expected to follow the advice of their employer, the Public Health Agency of Canada and local health authorities.

Please scroll below for a list of how seafarers can access Covid-19 vaccinations at Canada's major ports.

ST. LAWRENCE REGION

Montreal:

  • Vaccinations are available to foreign seafarers at two local health centres.  Arrangements for vaccinations and transportation need to be made in advance via the local sefarers' mission (514-839-8253 or chaplain@ministrytoseafarers.org).
  • Seafarers must bring their passport and ship ID to their appointment.

Quebec:

  • Vaccinations are available to foreign seafarers upon submission of a request to the Port of Quebec at least 72 hours before time of vaccination.
  • The port will forward the request to the local health authority, which will decide whether to send a vaccination team on board or to send seafarers to a local vaccination centre.
  • All requests must be submitted via e-mail to rene.castonguay@portquebec.ca.

Trois Rivieres:

  • Vaccinations can be arranged through the local seafarer mission.
  • If the vessel is not berthed at Trois Rivieres but at a nearby port, a transportation fee of $50 per seafarer will be charged.
  • To make vaccination arrangements or to obtain additional information, please contact foyerdesmarins@gmail.com.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Shipboard vaccinations:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Fraser Health Authority offer shipboard visits for vaccinations on a weekly basis (usually Thursday), based on demand.   Arrangements can be made by contacting bmckinstry@shipfed.ca.

Walk in clinics:


ATLANTIC CANADA

Saint John (NB):

  • Seafarer vaccinations available through local pharmacies, based on submission of initial request 9 days in advance of the ship's arrival in Saint John.
  • Saint John Port Authority will coordinate arrangements for vaccination, and the local seafarers' mission will provide transportation.
  • Seafarers must take a rapid Covid-19 test on day of appointment, as per provincial regulations (test to be provided by the ship's agent).
  • To make arrangements or to obtain additional information, please contact swills@sjport.com.

Halifax:

  • Vaccinations are available to foreign seafarers without reservation at most community clinics, as per this LIST.
  • As per provincial requirements, seafarers are required to take a rapid COVID-19 test the day of their vaccine appointment, prior to attending a community vaccine clinic or pharmacy.
  • These tests will be provided to crew by the ship's agent via the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the Halifax Mission to Seafarers (hGlenn@missiontoseafarershalifax.ca).