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COVID 19 Vaccinations

Thank you so much for your message about COVID vaccines!
We are thrilled COVID vaccines are available for ships visiting

Puget Sound ports.

The J&J shot is being offered onboard and at a mobile clinic on Tuesday
afternoons a week at Terminal 90 in Seattle (the cruise ship terminal)
administered by Discovery Health..Discovery specializes in maritime
medicine, so seafarers are who they serve!

 

For merchant crews interested in onboard vaccinations: 

  • Contact Discovery Health directly at least seven days before your visit  to schedule these onboard visits. Taylor Pellizzari (tpellizzari@discoveryhealthmd.com) and Bridget DeMouy (bdemouy@discoveryhealthmd.com). If you need to cancel or reschedule your onboard vaccination, please let Discovery Health know at least 12 hours before your scheduled appointment.

For merchant crews interested in using the mobile clinic at T90:

  1. Register for appointments ahead of time for the day they anticipate needing vaccines. There is a separate, unique link for each day. You can reach out to me or to Taylor at Discovery for those links. (chapman@mts-seattle.org or tpellizzari@discoveryhealthmd.com).

  2. When you register, please use an email account and phone number that is common to the ship, such as the captain’s email address and cell phone of the ship while in port. You will need this once for a two-step authorization to access digital certificates after your vaccinations are complete.

  3. Schedule crews in groups of 8-10 at a time. Our two vans can comfortably carry 10 people at a time. Plan on travel time from the ship to/from the clinic of about 90 minutes (45 minutes one way) and then 45 minutes for the vaccinations themselves. (Total time commitment of about 2.5 hours.)

  4. As soon as you register, contact the Seattle Seafarers Center to arrange transportation (office@mts-seattle.org). Discovery Health is very flexible, so if you show up a little early or late, they can totally accommodate that. Ideally, we need a couple of days to coordinate transportation, since our Center has only one staff and a couple of key volunteers.

Vaccines are free to merchant seafarers. All they will need is an id with a birthdate.

They will receive the COVID vaccine card once they are done, and that information

will also be registered in a database in Washington State in case they lose the card.

The Center welcomes donations for transportation, but those are not required.

 

A Note for Cruise Ship crews: Discovery Health can provide vaccinations for

crews working on cruise ships in the Puget Sound. This can be done by

scheduling a mass vaccine clinic or on a smaller basis. Please contact Taylor

at Discovery to discuss scheduling and costs. (tpellizzari@discoveryhealthmd.com)

A Note about onboarding or offboarding crews: Vaccines are also available for free to crew members beginning or ending their contracts as long as crew have a valid visa. Please confirm with your shipping agent first. Then, schedule your appointments at the mobile clinic and contact the Seafarers Center to arrange transportation.

 

A Note about COVID Testing: in development

 

A Note about Visas: if any member of your crew has an expired US visa, s/he may apply for an emergency medical parole granted through the US Customs and Border Patrol. This will grant the crew member(s) access to US soil long enough to receive a COVID vaccine. Please have the agent work with CPB to make that happen. We can provide transportation to seafarers to pick up their emergency paroles after those have been granted.

This is a developing process, so some of this may change over time. Feel free to reach out with questions and to ask about the links for upcoming berthings in Seattle. We are grateful this is now available for all of you beloved, brave souls!

Short Summary of NAMMA Website:

Port of Seattle for Merchant Crews:

Details: Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available onboard daily or at Terminal 90 on Tuesdays. 

Is onboard vaccine option available? Yes, with seven days notice to schedule. Please contact Discovery Health directly to schedule. Please contact Bridget DeMouy (bdemouy@discoveryhealthmd.com) to schedule an appointment.

 

Vaccine Offered: Johnson & Johnson (Jannssen)

 

Vaccine Provider: Discovery Health Services

 

Transportation to/from appointments at T90: Available through the Seattle Seafarers Center with advance scheduling. Please schedule at the same time vaccination appointments are scheduled. Contact the office to arrange (office@mts-seattle.org) or 206.935.3435.

Contacts: 

Seattle Seafarers Center -- Cristi Chapman (chapman@mts-seattle.org) 206.935.3439

Discovery Health -- Taylor Pellizzari (tpellizzari@discoveryhealthmd.com) or Bridget DeMouy (bdemouy@discoveryhealthmd.com)

Port of Seattle for Cruise Ship Crews:

Vaccine Offered: Johnson & Johnson (Jannssen)

 

Vaccine Provider: Discovery Health Services

 

Schedule Options: With advance notice, Discovery Health Services is available to staff a mass vaccination clinic for crews. Please contact Taylor Pellizzari (tpellizzari@discoveryhealthmd.com) or Bridget DeMouy (bdemouy@discoveryhealthmd.com) for more information

 

Cost: TBD