More than 70% or close to 200,000 tourism workers in Metro Manila working in Department of Tourism-accredited quarantine facilities, isolation facilities, multiple-use hotels, and staycation hotels under the A1 and A4 vaccination groups have been vaccinated against Covid-19, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced on Tuesday.
"The vaccination of our tourism workers is a necessary step to keep them protected while doing their duty in the frontlines. These figures are of high importance especially with the threat of the Delta variant," Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat stated.
Puyat also said that 19,315 out of 26,745 from 16 cities and one municipality in Metro Manila were vaccinated as of August 9.
According to DOT, of the 19,315, a total of 15,020 are employed in 402 quarantine and isolation hotels, while 4,295 are employed in 53 regular or staycation hotels.
In May, the National Task Force Against Covid-19 said that in the government's Covid-19 vaccination program, the frontline tourism workers in isolation facilities or quarantine hotels would be part of the A1 priority group (medical front-liners).
Through its NCR office, DOT also facilitated the vaccination of workers in DOT-accredited restaurants in NCR.
According to them, a total of 1,245 out of 4,479 workers in the list submitted by 202 restaurants in Metro Manila received their shots as of Monday.
"We are confident that we will be able to vaccinate 100% of tourism workers from DOT-accredited accommodation establishments from Metro Manila before the end of the ECQ period," Puyat added.
DOT establishments that have yet to submit their list of tourism workers for vaccination can get in touch with the DOT-NCR by emailing them at [email protected] or calling (+632) 8459-5200 loc.108.
Source: PNA, Inquirer.Net