Over 3k residents in Bantayan Is. got COVID vaccine jab
CEBU CITY, Philippines – In an effort to expedite the safe reopening of the tourism industry, more than 3,000 residents in Bantayan Island were jabbed with the COVID-19 vaccines.
The government and private sector conducted a two-day vaccination drive last October 1 and October 2 in Bantayan Island to help its tourism sector recover, a press release from the Office of the Presidential Assistant of the Visayas (OPAV) said.
They were able to inoculate a total of 3,494 individuals from the towns of Santa Fe, Bantayan and Madridejos.
“The town of Bantayan made the most vaccinations with a total of 2,554 individuals during their 2-day vaccination last October 1 and 2. While Madridejos vaccinated 618 individuals and Santa Fe vaccinated 322 during their 1-day vaccination,” the press release added.
The activity was organized by the OPAV, Visayas Covid-19 Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC), Cebu Provincial Government, Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF)-Visayas, Department of Health in Central Visayas, the Cebu Vaccination Group led by the Cebu-based All-Terrain Medical Relief Organization (AMRO), JCI Metro Cebu Uptown, and the Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
Officials said they will be prioritizing tourism destinations in the government’s vaccination campaign as part of its plans to resuscitate Cebu’s ailing economy.
“We need to restore tourists’ confidence in Cebu as a destination so they will return to help jumpstart Cebu’s economic recovery. Aside from implementing minimum health protocols, Cebu can ensure the safety of both tourists and locals through vaccination,” Sec. Michael Lloyd Dino, OPAV chief, was quoted on saying.
Retired Maj. Gen. Melquiades Feliciano, chief implementer of IATF-Visayas was also quoted saying that they are aiming to inoculate 100 percent of Cebu’s tourism workers before November.
OPAV added that they are planning to vaccinate tourism workers in Camotes Island soon.
Last September 27, the national government began inoculating employees belonging to the tourism industry in Cebu.
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