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2021-08-09

Seafarer Vaccinations in Canada

Foreign seafarers calling Canadian ports can now obtain Covid-19 vaccinations at key locations across Canada, including at drop-in clinics in Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Montreal, Quebec, and Halifax.  Canada is currently offering two-dose vaccines only (Pfizer, Moderna), and does not expect to be in a position to offer the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine for the foreseeable future. 

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.

BRITISH COLUMBIA

All Ports

ST. LAWRENCE/GREAT LAKES

Montreal

  • Vaccines are available to foreign seafarers without reservation at walk-in vaccination centres at the Palais des Congrès (1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montréal, QC H2Z 2B3) or the Olympic Stadium (4545 Pierre-de-Coubertin Ave, Montreal, QC, H1V 0B8).
  • Mariners House of Montreal can provide transportation from the ship to the vaccination centre (514-839-8253 or chaplain@ministrytoseafarers.org).
  • Seafarers need to bring need either their passport or copy of their passport and ship ID.

Quebec

  • Vaccines 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.

ATLANTIC CANADA

Halifax and other ports in Nova Scotia

  • Vaccines 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).