Vaccination Liability and Issues

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Legal, Liability and Insurance Issues arising from Vaccination of Seafarers

This Guidance addresses legal, liability and insurance issues that could potentially arise for shipowners from or in connection with vaccinations of crew for coronavirus (COVID-19). It considers questions that have been raised by members such as: whether and under what conditions a shipowner can require crew to have vaccination, what vaccines may be safely given and what might be the potential liabilities for shipowners in requiring crew to be vaccinated. It provides guidance on best employment practice to protect against such liabilities and information on insurance cover under the shipowner’s standard Protection and Indemnity (P&I) insurance.

This Guidance will form part of the Industry Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers.

Download the practical guide to get a better understanding of Issues arising from Vaccination fo Seafarers and frequently asked questions. The information contained in this Guide is continuously being reviewed and updated but is correct at the time of publication.

Disclaimer: As local conditions and regulations can change by the hour, before making any firm plans please contact to give you the latest updates for individual countries.