The mass vaccination of tourism workers in Boracay Island began Wednesday, July 7.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, who led the ceremonial vaccination rites, told DIGICAST NEGROS she has not received requests from Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia for the coverage of tourism workers in their areas yet.
When asked if Negros Occidental would be included in the vaccination rollout for tourism workers, Puyat said she had not received a request but would ask the governor.
Puyat said that the inoculation program in Boracay targets an initial 3,000 tourism workers. To reach the target beneficiaries, 500 workers are expected to be inoculated daily.
National Task Force Against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer and testing czar Vince Dizon also joined Puyat in Boracay.
“As promised by Sec. Vince, continuous supply of the vaccine will come, until we will be able to finally vaccinate the whole Boracay and our dream of the travel bubble will finally be realized,” Puyat said.
“Understandably, among the top priorities for tourists traveling during this period are their health and safety. One of the ways we can ensure this is by getting our frontliners vaccinated as soon as possible, to give an extra layer of protection between them and our tourists,” Puyat said.
“Keeping our tourism workers and tourists safe will be a great leap forward in our ongoing quest to get the tourism industry back on its feet. Bringing tourists back to Boracay, the country’s tourism crown jewel, in a safe and sustainable manner is a critical part of the plan,” she added.*