Transport Canada confirms that COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada continue to be available to foreign seafarers.
Foreign seafarers calling Canadian ports can 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.
- 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 seafarers’ mission.
- Seafarers must bring their passport and ship ID to their appointment.
- 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.
#3 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.
#4 British Columbia
- Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and Fraser Health Authority offer shipboard visits for vaccinations on a weekly basis (usually Thursday), based on demand.
#5 Walk in clinics at British Columbia
- Vaccinations are available to foreign seafarers without reservation at walk-in clinics across the province.
- Seafarers must first register with the provincial health authority by calling 1-604-630-4063 and obtaining a provincial health number. Please be prepared to provide seafarer’s name, gender, date of birth and location in B.C. (vessel name, port location, port postal code).
- If seafarers are leaving the vessel to attend a clinic outside the terminal, the agent must provide local CBSA with a Travelers Contact Information for each individual.
- List of walk-in clinics by region: Fraser Health Authority (Burnaby, Delta, Surrey); Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (North Vancouver, Vancouver); Vancouver Island Health Authority (Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Victoria); Northern Health Authority (Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Stewart).
#6 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).
- 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.
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