July 19, 2021 | Circular No. 11299

Dear Member,

Further to CL 11298 issued earlier today, please find below some additional information on how seafarers calling the ports of Montreal and Halifax can access COVID-19 vaccinations.  The walk-in clinics at both locations are offering the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, as the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine is currently unavailable in Canada and it is unclear when or whether this will change.

For ships with seafarers who are interested in being vaccinated at either of these clinics, we recommend that the vessel master or the agent contact the local seafarers’ mission to confirm arrangements and transport (if necessary).  Contact details for both the Montreal and Halifax missions are indicated below, as are additional details about the vaccination process at each location.

Please note that we have omitted the walk-in clinic at the port of Quebec from below, as we have just learned that the Quebec site is only vaccinating domestic seafarers for the time being.


Details: Vaccine available for foreign seafarers without reservation at the Walk-in Vaccination Centre at the Palais des Congrès (1001 Pl. Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montréal, QC H2Z 2B3). Mariners House Montreal can provide transportation from the ship to the Palais des Congrès. Seafarers need to bring need either their passport or copy of their passport and ship ID.
Vaccine: Pfizer BioNTech; Moderna
Contact: Montreal Mariners’ House – For more information contact Chaplain Michelle DePooter (Ministry to Seafarers’ Montreal)
Phone: 514-839-8253
Email: chaplain@ministrytoseafarers.org
Cost: No cost


Details: Halifax Convention Centre is a walk-in clinic providing vaccines daily from 12 – 7 PM for anyone over the age of 18. Address: 1650 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 0E6. Seafarers need to bring need either their passport or copy of their passport and ship ID. Contact the Mission to Seafarers Halifax for more information or transportation.
Vaccine: Pfizer BioNTech; Moderna
Phone: Contact Helen Glenn (Halifax Mission to Seafarers) for more information – hGlenn@missiontoseafarershalifax.ca
Email: 902-422-7790
Cost:  No cost

We encourage members to share the above information with any of their vessels inquiring about vaccine availability in Canada, and will provide details on additional locations as this becomes available.  We will also be posting this information in our COVID-19 Resource Centre – located  at shipfed.ca (under the News tab).


Karen Kancens
Vice President