Croatian Seafarers Seek Urgent Vaccination From Competent Ministries

Lauren Simmonds

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As Morski writes, the Croatian Seafarers’ Union has sent a letter to the Ministry of Health and MMPI requesting that a sufficient number of vaccines be provided and reserved for Croatian seafarers wishing to be vaccinated as soon as possible, and that they be publicly informed about the organisation and the possibility of vaccination when the conditions are right for that.

For now, vaccination against COVID-19 is conditional on the availability of the vaccine at any given time, but there is only a matter of weeks left before the vaccine will become a condition for seafarers working in various places across the globe to board vessels.

It’s worth mentioning that when it comes to the work of Croatian seafarers, and indeed any seafarers, the new coronavirus vaccine is not classified in the group of recommended vaccines, but necessary vaccines, and it is well known that about 16,000 Croatian seafarers and sailors sail on vessels engaged in international navigation in various locations across the world.

Given their precarious employment status (as only a few Croatian seafarers actually have permanent contracts), seafarers might easily lose their jobs and as such their income if they don’t have the opportunity to be vaccinated against the new disease in a timely and appropriate manner.

In its letter sent to the competent ministries, the Croatian Seafarers’ Union has emphasised the possibility of issues arising as a result of them failing to get vaccinated and they have insisted on voluntary vaccination against the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, as soon as possible.

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