Vaccination myths, availability and national regulations are among the challenges the maritime industry faces in vaccinating seafarers against COVID, according to a panel of experts.

Speaking at Sea Asia Virtual session Manning Strategies to Counter Current Crewing Crisis as part of the Maritime Online Series, the panel discussed crew welfare, vaccination and the myriad challenges of looking after crews during the pandemic.

Dennis Svane Hansen, Group Crewing Services, BW Group said that its vaccination programme started with a survey, which showed that 5% of crew were not willing to be vaccinated, and 10% were unsure about being vaccinated.

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