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Should Seafarers get vaccinated?

Should Seafarers get vaccinated?

A midst the global pandemic, most countries are finally feeling some sense of hope! Wearing a mask and sanitizing seem to not be working fast enough as the number of cases are increasing daily, and so too is the death toll from covid-19. Researchers have finally found a way to mitigate the spread of covid-19, by creating vaccines of different brands, from different countries. While some people anticipate taking the vaccine, some are having doubts. Many countries have started the process; essential workers are the first set of people to be vaccinated. Are you planning on getting the vaccine? Comment below so we can hear your views. Do you consider seafarers to be essential workers, and if yes, should they be vaccinated?

Yes, seafarers play a paramount role during this pandemic! They are basically the middlemen between countries, economies and International trade, which makes them essential. Now should they be vaccinated? Of course they should! Their lives are at stake just as others who interact with people daily. Besides, they are at sea handling cargoes that could be contaminated. Should any of them fall ill of Covid-19, it would be easy for them to transmit the virus to their colleagues. God forbids one may die if the virus spreads on a vessel. The medical team would not be so sufficient enough to ensure for someone to go into quarantine, and get enough oxygen if they can’t breathe. Chances are the vessels are not equipped with all these critical items and may be far from a hospital or medical vessel.

The vaccine does not guarantee one that they cannot contract the virus once taken. However, it lowers their chance of contracting the virus, when compared to a person who is not vaccinated. Forget about the myths surrounding the vaccine! We live in a hateful world, but world leaders would not kill their essential workers for population control! If they were to do that, the world would be useless and nobody would be alive to perform their function. Every country need doctors, soldiers, nurses, teachers, lawyers, custom officers, captions, and most importantly seafarers! Think smart and not selfish; remember the vulnerable, get vaccinated.

By: Jerome Morant

Jerome Morant is a 23-year old youth influencer and international maritime enthusiast from Clarendon, Jamaica. He holds an undergraduate degree in Customs Processes, Freight Forwarding and Immigration from the Caribbean Maritime University. He is now pursuing his Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications at the University of the West Indies.

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