Singapore Government to vaccinate more than 10,000 maritime workers
As part of its national vaccination policy to safeguard frontline workers, Singapore has been one of the first nations to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations of frontline maritime personnel.
More than 10,000 frontline maritime workers are scheduled to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by the end of January under the Sea- Air Vaccination Exercise (SAVE).
Port staff, port pilots, cargo officers, marine surveyors and marine superintendents who are expected to work on board ships at our port are among those frontline personnel.
They carry out critical operations, including navigation, refuelling, repair and maintenance of ships, as well as cargo transfer operations.
Singapore's Maritime Port Authority (MPA) said that vaccination is also a priority for harbour and ocean crews who are Singaporeans and long-term residents living in the city.
The Port Authority announced that, due to the improved security provided by vaccination, less test conditions will be imposed on frontline maritime workers who have completed their full course of vaccination. Moving forward, those currently on the Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) for 7 days will be checked every 14 days; those currently on the RRT for 14 days will be tested once a month.
The first maritime worker to be vaccinated PSA Marine harbour pilot, Mr Loh Kah Wai, 55 said: “The vaccination keeps me safe and enables me to do my job with less worry. It’s one more layer of protection, not just for me but for my fellow harbour pilots and my family."
Maritime Business World