First seafarers are vaccinated
After the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was released in Denmark, the first seafarers passing through Denmark have now been vaccinated against COVID-19.
When the Philippine seafarer Velbert Manzano Legaspi rolled up his sleeve on Friday morning to be jabbed in his upper arm, he also became one of the first foreign seafarers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on Danish soil.
On Friday morning, he received his vaccine at the ‘Medical Office’, Danish Shipping’s subsidiary, a day before boarding the Danish ship ‘Nord Gardenia’ with the assistance of Leth Agencies.
“I am very happy to get the vaccine here in Denmark. As a seafarer it is important for me to get vaccinated because to get to my job I have to travel the world. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is ideal for me, because it only takes one shot,” says Velbert Manzano Legaspi.
It is far from a matter of course that foreign seafarers are offered vaccines in their home countries.
Therefore, Danish Shipping and the Dansk Metal union have fought hard to make it possible for seafarers to be vaccinated when they travel through Denmark on their way to or from their ship.
“Of course, it is great for the individual seafarer to be offered the vaccine, but I am also extremely happy that we can help our seafarers in this way. They have had a difficult time during the coronavirus crisis, with extra-long periods at sea and uncertainty about when they could get home to their families, so I am happy that we can now finally give them something back,” says Anne H. Steffensen, CEO of Danish Shipping.
“I really hope that other countries will follow Denmark’s good example and allow the shipping companies to buy vaccines for their seafarers. They keep us all provided with goods that help us in our daily lives, so the least we can do is take good care of them.”