MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Wednesday (July 7) began vaccinating tourism personnel in Boracay island.
Around 3,000 tourism personnel in Malay, Aklan working in hotels, restaurants, and other tourism frontline personnel were vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
According to DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, vaccinating tourism frontline personnel would encourage tourists to visit Boracay and also ensure the safety of everyone visiting the island.
“We hope that ang ating tourism frontliners ang mapapabakunahan kasi the nature of the job is face to face, as much as we want it online, hindi kayang hindi online especially the waiters,” she said.
(We hope that our tourism frontliners will be vaccinated because the nature of the job is face to face, as much as we want it online, we cannot, especially for waiters.)
“We hope to be able to vaccinate the whole of Boracay but we’ve also started the in Bohol,” she added.
Puyat said they are asking other tourism destinations to also vaccinate frontline personnel.
Meanwhile, Aklan Province assured that vaccination rollout is ready once they received vaccine supplies. The local government, however, will still retain the RT-PCR test requirement for tourists.
“We had a meeting with the provincial IATF and these new guidelines giving fully vaccinated persons to do an inter-zonal travel here in the province of Aklan we decided to just retain in the meantime that all tourist all arrival in the province of Boracay should still present their RT-PCR test until such time that we can make a system of validating these vaccination cards,” according to Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores. –AAC (with reports from Marvin Calas)