The Philippines Department of Tourism (DOT) has been working hard to ensure that tourism workers in key areas of the country are vaccinated as early as possible.
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The move is designed to protect workers who may be working in organisations delivering quarantine facilities as well as preparing the country for the return of domestic and international tourism.
Around 72% of tourism workers in DOT-accredited quarantine facilities, isolation facilities, multiple-use hotels, and staycation hotels in Metro Manila have now been vaccinated.
“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.
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.”Berna Romulo-Puyat, Philippines Tourism Secretary
Meanwhile in Boracay around 60% of front-line workers and other tourism-related workers have been inoculated. In Bohol around 40% of tourism workers have received at least their first vaccine dose.
The DOT will be prioritising the vaccination programme in a number of other tourist destinations including El Nido, Coron, and San Vicente, Palawan; Puerto Princesa City and Siargao.
Source: TTR Weekly & Philippines News Agency.
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