Puyat Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat: “The recent influx of tourists reflect foreign tourists’ enthusiasm towards visiting our country, which in turn will accelerate the revival of our tourism industry. We at the DOT continue to be optimistic that this trend will be sustained and will support, not only the tourism industry but also, the recovery and growth of our economy.”

DOT vows to achieve 100% vaccination of tourism sector

November 27, 2021 Cristina Lee-Pisco 76 views

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday vowed to continue administering COVID-19 vaccine shots to active tourism workers until 100 percent of the sector has been covered.

In a statement, the DOT said 75.39% or 236,714 of the total active tourism workers in the country are now vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We will not stop until we achieve 100% vaccination for all our active tourism workers,” said Puyat.

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat expressed her satisfaction with the latest vaccine numbers as she hoped for higher vaccination coverage in the near-term.

“The DOT welcomes the higher vaccination rate among the various regions in the country–with key destination areas attaining 100 percent coverage already. We thank the National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF), most especially to Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar, Secretary Carlito G. Galvez Jr. and Deputy Chief Implementer Secretary Vince Dizon, the Department of Health (DOH) and our private stakeholders and local government units (LGUs) for the ceaseless support in protecting our tourism workforce—the backbone of our industry,” Puyat said.

“Our vaccination rollout for active tourism workers started since July 2021. Having achieved high vaccination rates in most of our destinations, we are focusing our efforts on the few remaining places with low inoculation numbers. This is the DOT’s commitment to the President’s directive to support the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” three-day nationwide simultaneous vaccination drive on November 29 to December 1 2021,” she added.

According to the DOT’s data as of 19 November 2021, the National Capital Region (NCR) is still the region the highest vaccination coverage for tourism workers with 99.79%, followed by Region XI with 99.11%, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) with 96.79%, Region III with 95.10%, and Region VIII with 90.55%.

The DOT’s inoculation efforts to support the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” nationwide vaccination drive will focus its coverage on Region I (67.21%), Region IV-A (42.70%), and Region XIII (30.43%)

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