The Department of Tourism (DOT) continues to strengthens its cooperation with the public and private sectors to bring more vaccine doses to its key tourism destinations.
"Inoculating our tourism frontliners all over the country will be a key factor in reopening the industry as well as restore the public's confidence to travel, translating to higher socio-economic activities and boosting our recovery prospects," Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat stressed.
A total of 5,000 out of 13,000 tourism workers in Bohol have already received their first dose of the Sputnik V, while 2,500 tourism workers in Tagbilaran are awaiting their first and second Sinovac shots.
In addition, an additional 11,000 doses have been requested for the entire Bohol covering DOT-accredited establishment and service providers.
Meanwhile, in Boracay, 7,634 frontline workers and other tourism-related workers were already vaccinated out of the targeted 12,809 tourism workers.
Furthermore, Romulo-Puyat reiterated her call for support among the DOT's public and private partners to accelerate the Department's vaccination drive for tourism workers.
"I call for public and private entities to practice the Bayanihan spirit in furthering the vaccination of our tourism workers," Puyat said.
Romulo-Puyat also said that aside from its target beneficiaries in Bohol and Boracay, the DOT seeks to speed up the vaccination of tourism workers in tourist destinations, not included in the NCR Plus 8.
The NCR Plus 8 is comprised of the National Capital Region (NCR), Metro Cebu, Metro Davao, Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Rizal.
These are areas that the government identified as the most populous and with the highest density, which makes them at greater risk for COVID-19 transmission.
The tourist destinations that the DOT will prioritize are El Nido, Coron, and San Vicente, Palawan (16,000); Puerto Princesa City (15,000); Siargao (13,150), bringing the number of the DOT's target vaccine recipients to 69,959.
Recently, Puyat and NTF Deputy Chief Implementer Sec. Vince Dizon attended the ceremonial vaccination of tourism workers in Palawan, where 2,500 tourism workers have been vaccinated.
"We shall continue our coordination with NTF Chief Implementer Sec. Carlito Galvez to vaccinate tourism workers especially in destinations whose economies rely primarily on tourism," the tourism chief said.