Peel Ports partners with NHS to vaccinate maritime workers at the Port of Liverpool

Peel Ports has partnered with the NHS South Sefton CCG and Sefton Public Health Team, to provide NHS vaccination clinics to vaccinate anyone working within the Port of Liverpool.

The was made available to anyone working in the Port of Liverpool boundary, irrespective of employer, and also expands to pilots and seafarers who haven’t yet been vaccinated or are due their second dose.

Phil Hall, Port Director at Peel Ports said:

Maritime workers are an essential link in the supply chain and we are proud to be able to offer this service to our key workers, seafarers and pilots alike.

Whilst we have had one of the most successful vaccination rollouts nationwide, not everyone has had the same level of access to vaccinations compared to those living in the UK. Pilots and seafarers working on foreign-flagged vessels are one such group that have faced obstacles receiving the vaccination and it’s important that we protect their health to minimise disruptions to trade and global supply chains.

Vaccinations will help to minimise the disruption on world trade and as a leading Port operator, we are deeply grateful to these unsung heroes for their relentless efforts and we must all work together to keep our industry, family, friends and colleagues safe.

The current national picture shows high levels of new COVID-19 infections reported with an increase in the levels of hospital admissions and unfortunately an increase in deaths.

Gary Doyle, Group Harbour Master at Peel Ports said:

The collective response and cooperation of visiting seafarers, our pilots, boat crews and linesman supported by the exceptional advice of Port Health Liverpool and our own Occupational Health has been exceptional in helping to keep the ships moving during the pandemic.

This service provided to key workers is a tremendous recognition and appreciation of their efforts and reflective of the collective responsibility Peel Ports has towards fighting this pandemic.

The clinic has been a huge success with a 102 vaccines administered over three days. More vaccination clinics are planned for week commencing 16th August.