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Vaccination Programme for Seafarers

Everything you need to know!

Welcome

The Netherlands COVID-19 Vaccination Programma for Seafarers was launced on June 15th. The programme is managed by the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR), as commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. The KVNR initiated a collaboration with two medical services providers who carry out the vaccination efforts in the Dutch sea port regions (Arbo Unie / Port Health Centre) and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (KLM Health Srvices). As of 15 March 2022, the vaccination facility at AMS Schiphol Airport has been closed.

Please find below the instruction for employers to apply for vaccination appointments, the application procedure for seafarers to request an EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC). 

Most recent changes on this page are marked yellow.

Vaccination programme in action

Instruction vaccination programme

  • General information v6.0

    If you are a new participant in the Netherlands COVID-19 Vaccination Programme for Seafarers, it is advised to first study the general informatiion about the programme and its procedures.

    Via the button below, download the general information about the programme. Subsequently, go to the Parts I, II and/or III below for the relevant application procedures.

    Download instruction (.pdf)
  • PART I - Vaccination Dutch sea ports v6.0

    Arbo Unie / Port Health Centre manages the vaccination efforts under this programm in the four large sea port regions of the Netherlands: Eemshaven (Groningen, Delfzijl), IJmond (Amsterdam), Rijnmond (Rotterdam) and Scheldemond (Flushing-Terneuzen).

    Seafarers employed on board of seagoing vessels visting these sea port regions are eligble for vaccination under this programme. 

    Vaccination appointments can only be made by Netherlands based representatives of the seagoing vessels (ship managers and agents) and Netherlands based employers of seafarers.

    Excluded from participation in the programme are seafarers working on board of fishing vessels (apart from trawlers), government vessels, yaughts and vessels not endeavouring on international voyages.

    The used vaccine is the single shot J&J / Janssen vaccine.

    Via the button below, download the application procedure for scheduling a vaccination appointment.

    For booster vaccination, see PART III on this web page.

    Download application procedure (.pdf)
  • PART II - Vaccination AMS Schiphol Airport v5.0 (CLOSED)

    Vaccination at AMS SCHIPHOL AIRPORT has been ceased as of 15 March 2022. Seafarers who have been inoculated by KLM Health Services can apply for an EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate (EUDCC) until 30 April 2022. The procedure is published below under 'How to obtain an EUDCC / QR code?'.

     

  • PART III - Booster vaccination campaign v1.1

    FREE OF CHARGE: BOOSTER VACCINATION

    As of 11 January 2022, Arbo Unie / Port Health Centre provides booster vaccinations for seafarers under the Netherlands COVID-19 Vaccination Programme for Seafarers. Booster vaccination for seafarers at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is not possible at this moment.

    25,000 vaccines of the mRNA type, brand Comirnaty by manufacturer BioNTechPfizer have been allocated to this booster vaccination campaign.

    Via the button below, donwload the application procedure to schedule booster vaccination appointments in Dutch seaport regions.

    Download application procedure (.pdf)
  • How to obtain an EUDCC / QR code?

    Seafarers who have been inoculated with a vaccine against COVID-19 under this programme, can apply for an EU Digital COVID Certificate (EUDCC), otherwise known as 'QR code'.

    Vaccinated seafarers with a Dutch social security number (BSN) can automatically retrieve their EUDCC via DigiD in the CoronaCheck app. 

    Once the EUDCC has been received, the seafarer can follow the video instruction below to add the EUDCC to the CoronaCheck smartphone app. This procedure is highly recommended, as the digital version in the app may prolong the validity of the EUDCC. 

     


    Via the button below, download the form to apply for an EUDCC / QR code. 

    Please note that the form must be submitted including the following attachments:

     

    Because of privacy regulations, applications for an EUDCC can only be submitted by the seafarer who has been vaccinated. Applications that have been submitted incomplete or incorrect, will NOT be processed.

     
    Download application form (.pdf)

Vaccination programme management

  • About

    The Netherlands COVID-19 Vaccination Programma for Seafarers was launced on June 15th.

    The programme is managed by the Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR), as commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. The KVNR initiated a collaboration with two medical services providers who carry out the vaccination efforts in the Dutch sea port regions (Arbo Unie / Port Health Centre) and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (KLM Health Srvices). 

  • Partners

    The Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners (KVNR) is manager of the Netherlands COVID-19 Vaccination Programme for Seafarers and carries out the programme, together with the two medical services providers Arbo Unie / Port Health Centre and KLM Health Services. In order to turn the programme into a succes, we work together with a wide variety of relevant partners, amongst whom:

  • Vaccination figures

    Under this programme, seafarers are being inoculated on a daily basis with a vaccine against COVID-19. By now, almost 25,000 seafarers have been vaccinated via this programme.

    Most of them have been vaccinated in Dutch sea port regions at an Arbo Unie / Port Health Centre location or on board of their vessel. Roughly 90% of the total number. The remaining 10% of vaccinated seafarers have been vaccinated by KLM Health Services at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Booster vaccines are only available in the Dutch sea ports.

    Between 15 June 2021 and 31 December 2021, 21,458 seafarers have been inoculated through this programme with a Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

    On 11 January 2022 a booster vaccination campaign (sea ports only) was added to the programme for seafarers.

    Number of vaccinations 2022 until and including week 6: 653 basic vaccinations (Johnson & Johnson); 3,258 booster vaccinations (Pfizer).*

    *Future corrections reserved.

  • Programme launch

    From the very start of the vaccination programme from 15 June 2021 onwards, the Netherlands COVID-19 Vaccination Programme for Seafarers has received much media attention.

    At the time of the launch, the programme was the only one of its kind in the world as a dedicated vaccination programme for seafarers, regardless of their nationality. By now, many other countries have also stepped up their vaccination efforts for seafarers.

    Press release (Dutch)
  • Contact

    Via the contact form below you can contact us for questions or remarks about the Netherlands COVID-19 Vaccination Programme for Seafarers.

    Are you participating in the programme and do you have an urgent question or do you prefer to speak with us directly over the phone, contact us via oktovaccinate@kvnr.nl or +31 (0)10 2176 288.