The total active tourism workers in the country that are vaccinated against Covid-19 reached 75.39% or 236,714 workers, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced on Friday.
"We will not stop until we achieve 100% vaccination for all our active tourism workers," Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said as she expressed her satisfaction with the latest figures, based on the report of PNA.
"The DOT welcomes the higher vaccination rate among the various regions in the country -with key destination areas attaining 100 percent coverage already," Puyat added.
She also expressed her gratitude to the different people, government agencies, the local government units (LGUs) and the private stakeholders for their "ceaseless support in protecting our tourism workforce - the backbone of our industry."
The DOT's vaccination rollout for active tourism workers started in July 2021.
"Having achieved high vaccination rates in most of our destinations, we are focusing our efforts on the few remaining places with low inoculation numbers," Puyat said.
"This is the DOT's commitment to the President's directive to support the "Bayanihan, Bakunahan" three-day nationwide simultaneous vaccination drive on November 29 to December 1, 2021," she added.
Based on the DOT's data as of November 19, the region with the highest vaccination coverage for tourism workers is still the National Capital Region (NCR), with 99.79%.
Davao Region then follows it with 99.11%, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) with 96.79%, Central Luzon with 95.10%, and Eastern Visayas with 90.55%.
The DOT's inoculation efforts to support the "Bayanihan, Bakunahan" nationwide vaccination drive will focus its coverage on Ilocos Region (67.21 percent), Calabarzon(42.70 percent), and Caraga (30.43 percent).