MORE than 4,500 workers in the hospitality sector in Central Visayas have already been vaccinated, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT) 7.
This is out of the 23,965 workers employed by 675 accommodation establishments in Region 7. This vaccination update was based on the agency’s July 2021 figures.
DOT 7 Director Shahlimar Tamano said they are pushing for the vaccination of all tourism frontline service providers in local government units (LGUs) that are already vaccinating the A4 priority group.
The agency also requested for additional vaccines for tourism workers in provinces with limited vaccines, like Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor to ensure safe tourism reopening. Vaccination of tourism workers is currently being rolled out in Bohol.
The DOT 7 is currently assisting accommodation establishments being used as isolation, temporary quarantine facilities and multiple-use hotels in prioritizing their employees for vaccinations in the LGUs of Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City and Cordova.
“These frontline service providers are considered part of the A1.3 sub-priority group as they are serving guests on quarantine,” Tamano said.
Permitted guests in isolation hotels include Covid-19 positive individuals, who are extracted from quarantine hotels pursuant to the Oplan Kalinga program and other Covid-19 positive guests undergoing mandatory isolation.
For quarantine hotels, permitted guests include close contacts, repatriated overseas Filipino workers, returning overseas Filipinos, foreign nationals allowed entry into the Philippines, individuals unable to quarantine in their respective households, and health and emergency frontline services personnel who need easy access to their place of work.
Not allowed are business guests, leisure guests, participants in essential meetings and social events, as defined and regulated under the relevant issuance of the DOT and Department of Health. (JOB)