The Indian government will prioritize vaccinating seafarers against Covid-19, the Union minister of state for ports, shipping and waterways, Mansukh Mandaviya, has said.
The minister also underscored the importance of preventing the coronavirus pandemic from having a major impact on the seafaring industry. All efforts should be made to vaccinate the seafarers before they resume duty, he said.
The six major port trusts — Chennai Port Trust, Cochin Port Trust, Mumbai Port Trust, Kolkata Port Trust, Visakhapatnam Port Trust, and Tuticorin Port Trust — have begun vaccination drives from the seafarers.
Apart from this, several seafaring associations have also come forward and organized vaccination camps. A private hospital in Kerala has also been roped in to vaccinate seafarers.
The Indian government will leave no stone unturned to ensure vaccination for seafarers, the minister said.
Today, the Port continued to organise the #COVIDVaccination camp for Port users, Stakeholders, #seafarers and their family members.@mansukhmandviya@OfficeOf_MM@shipmin_india@pibchennai@srkias2012@CollectorTuty@gmctkmc@Tutycorp pic.twitter.com/BgItqX4X4N
— VOC PORT TRUST, Tuticorin (@vocpt_tuticorin) June 1, 2021
Source: Maritime Shipping News