The arrival of the additional 10,000 doses of Sinovac Covid vaccines helped boost the vaccination of the tourism workers on Boracay Island as local tourist arrivals in the world-famous island picked up.
"We are glad to report that the 10,000 doses of Sinovac will benefit 6,500 tourism front liners in the island.", Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said.
The vaccination program is being undertaken by the Department of Tourism (DOT) in partnership with the National Task Force (NTF) on Covid-19 and the municipal government of Malay, Aklan.
The vaccination of the tourism workers started Monday afternoon at the CityMall Boracay.
Of the 10,000 doses, around 3,000 doses will be administered as second doses for the initial 3,000 tourism workers.
The remaining 7,000 doses are allocated for the first and second doses of another 3,500 tourism workers.
Out of the additional 3,500 tourism workers in Boracay who will get their complete vaccination through the DOT's initiative, around 2,230 individuals are employed in accommodation establishments.
While 551 are employed in restaurants, 397 in dive shops, spas, travel and tours, souvenir shops, jetty ports, other essential service providers, and 142 are in tourism-related cooperatives.
Meanwhile, 105 are in the transport sector, and 76 are in government frontline service, including tourist police, immigration staff, and rehabilitation management group.
Puyat stressed that the DOT aims to vaccinate all 11,620 tourism workers on the island, especially with the fast-approaching holiday season.
"I am very happy to see that more and more tourism workers in Boracay are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and are able to return to their livelihood with confidence. We in the DOT remain grateful to all of our partners, including the private sector," Puyat said.
She cited, in particular, the Filinvest Hospitality through Crimson Resort and Spa Boracay for donating 5,000 vaccine doses to support the program.
In addition, the Megaworld Corporation, through the Belmont Hotel Boracay and Savoy Hotel Boracay, has pledged to donate an additional 5,000 doses of vaccines.
"We continue to enlist the support of private sector stakeholders to do the same so that we can inoculate more tourism workers and spur the tourism industry's recovery at a faster rate," she stated.
Puyat earlier disclosed that the DOT would soon launch new tourism products for Boracay Island, which are expected to attract more visitors. They include Boracay Biking Tour, Boracay Food Crawl, and the Boracay Wellness Workation Program.
Based on the local government data, 29,660 tourists arrived in Boracay through Caticlan from July 1 to 25, with 65.08 percent or 19,305 arrivals coming from the National Capital Region (NCR).
It is then followed by visitors from Region 4A (Calabarzon) with 6,374 tourists and Region 3 (Central Luzon) with 2,213.