Seafarers working on Dutch-flagged or Dutch-managed tonnage will be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination under a programme overseen by the country’s shipowners' association.

A total of around 49,000 vaccines will be made available in instalments starting in mid-June, the Royal Association of Dutch Shipowners (KVNR) said.

The KVNR said it had opted for the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine so that one vaccination per seafarer would suffice.