Circular Letter No.4204/Add.41
18 May 2021

To:          All IMO Member States
               United Nations and specialized agencies
               Intergovernmental organizations
               Non-governmental organizations in consultative status with IMO

Subject: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Roadmap for vaccination of international seafarers

1 The Secretary-General has received a "Roadmap for Vaccination of International Seafarers", prepared and launched by ICS and supported by a broad cross section of global industry associations representing the maritime transportation sector, i.e. IAPH, IACS, INTERTANKO, InterManager, IMCA, IHMA and ITF, and also by the European Community Shipowners' Association, the Singapore Shipping Association and the Swiss Shipowners Association.
2 The Roadmap sets out procedures for a programme that can be implemented by all stakeholders concerned to facilitate safe ship crew vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be used by shipping companies (their agents and representatives, including crew agencies), maritime administrations and national health authorities, in liaison with other authorities (such as local customs, immigration, border control, seaport and civil aviation) and seafarers, during the planning and roll-out stages of the vaccination programme.
3 The Secretary-General encourages a wide dissemination of the Roadmap to all interested parties.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Roadmap for Vaccination of International Seafarers

Version 1.0 - May 2021

1 Introduction
2 Purpose and Scope
3 Eligibility
4 Types of Vaccines
5 Implementing the Roadmap
6 Establishinga Vaccination Site
7 Vaccine Distribution Logistics
8 Administering the Vaccine
9 Seafarer Rostering and Administration