More than half of the entire tourism frontline workers population in the country have already been vaccinated against COVID-19, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat announced yesterday.
The tourism chief also expressed her gratitude to the different national government agencies, the local government units, and other public and private stakeholders in helping the DOT with the inoculation of tourism workers.
As of September 10, a total of 126,097 tourism workers from the A1 and A4 priority groups have completed their vaccination, based on the data from the Department of Tourism (DOT).
This is already 51.40% of the 245,338 tourism workers target population across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao regions.
The National Capital Region (NCR) registered the most vaccinated tourism workers at 94%, followed by the Davao Region with 88% and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) with 80%.
“As we work to secure more vaccine doses that will help us achieve a 100 percent vaccination rate among tourism workers in the A1 and A4 priority groups, I am also encouraging our workers to submit themselves for vaccination, especially with the presence of the Delta variant,” Puyat said.
Tourism frontliners classified under the A1 priority group work in accommodation establishments temporarily operating as quarantine hotels or isolation facilities.
Meanwhile, those under the A4 category are workers in other tourism enterprises and tourism support services.
To oversee the vaccination programs for tourism workers, Puyat has been visiting the country’s major tourist destinations. She has participated in programs in the following destinations: Boracay, Bohol, Pampanga, Palawan, Siargao, and just recently, Baguio City.
“Vaccinating our tourism workers is the only way we can continue to sustain the recovery of domestic tourism, especially with the presence of a new virus variant,” she said.