The Department of Tourism (DOT) commends the tourism stakeholders of Davao for spearheading an "innovative" vaccination program for travel and hospitality employees, including A4 Priority Group members.
Dubbed as "Bakuna by the Sea," the vaccination program will be held at the seaside tropical garden of the Waterfront Insular Hotel Pavilion from June 30 to July 2, 2021.
According to the DOT, 14,000 doses of Sinovac are allotted for the initial 7,000 tourism workers, including those in the A4 Priority Group.
The local government of Davao also said around 6,000 tourism workers have already pre-registered for the vaccine.
"The recent designation of the NCR Plus area as a low-risk area is a welcome sign that the national vaccination program is working, and we hope to see this replicated in Davao as soon as possible," Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
Sec. Romulo-Puyat expressed her appreciation for Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for including tourism industry workers on the city's vaccination priority list.
She likewise thanked the private sector for their contribution in organizing the unique vaccination program, saying it would further spur tourism recovery in Davao as the tourism industry bore the brunt of the pandemic.
Puyat also expressed her gratitude to the hotel management for lending a hand to the program in a video message. "I would like to congratulate the DATA for working with the City government of Davao to start inoculating our tourism workers."
"This special vaccination program for tourism workers should be replicated across the country. I hope that other local government units in the country will follow suit so we can bring back the thousands of tourism jobs that were lost amid the pandemic," she added.
Last week, the Bohol local government began inoculating their tourism workers after the arrival of 10,000 doses of Russian COVID-19 brand Gamaleya Sputnik V vaccines in the province. Initiated by the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 through the DOT, the program seeks to vaccinate 5,000 tourism workers on the island.
Meanwhile, as of last week, 7,015 tourism workers from seven regions in the country have already been inoculated against COVID-19.
"Let us remember that we are a community, and we are not just protecting ourselves but the people around us. As tourism workers who have to interact with so many different people face to face, your health and safety are important. This is a pivotal step in the road to recovery as we need to do it together," Puyat said.