95% of station employees received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
This was revealed by the Ministry of Tourism in its latest weekly figures, which show that 95% of people employed in resorts in the Maldives tourism industry have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of 23 November.
Statistics show that 99% of resort workers received the first doses of the Covid-19 vaccination on Tuesday.
Nationwide immunization figures have started to rise at a time when the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has also started giving booster doses to people at high risk of complications from the virus. So far, 362,742 people have been fully vaccinated nationwide, with the number of people receiving the first doses rising to 395,470 as of the end of Tuesday.
Authorities launched the Covid-19 vaccination campaign for workers in the tourism industry on February 4 this year. Priority is given to the vaccination of employees in the tourism sector who come into close contact with tourists, such as those who work on cruise ships, employees of guest houses and those who perform service duties in the area. clientele in various tourist establishments.
The Maldives has made constant efforts to revive tourism across the island nation and has also launched a large-scale Covid-19 vaccination program for employees of airports and the tourism sector.
The ministry revealed that 0.19% of tourists arriving in the Maldives between July 15 and December 31, 2020 tested positive for the virus, while the positivity rate among tourists between January 1 and October 31, 2021 was 0.18%. The rate fell to 0.10% between November 1 and November 24, 2021.
The Tourism Ministry earlier launched a special inspection program to verify hotels and guesthouses nationwide for compliance with security protocols and guidelines established by the HPA and the ministry. Authorities are also inspecting tourists who violate security measures and guidelines put in place against Covid-19, for everyone’s safety.
Previously, the ministry had launched the ‘I am vaccinated’ campaign with the aim of sharing a positive message regarding the vaccinations of personnel employed in the industry as well as promoting initiatives taken to ensure that the Maldives remains one of the destinations of safest trip.
The ministry aims to make the Maldives the first fully vaccinated tourism sector in the world. The strict health and safety guidelines currently in place will help achieve this, in addition to the added benefit of the Maldives’ unique training that ensures social distancing.
At a time when the ministry said the tourism industry would recover and stabilize appropriately in July, tourist arrivals reported so far this current year have steadily increased. July arrivals are the second highest on record so far this year.
Tourism in the Maldives has been hit hard due to the pandemic and the tourism revival journey has been slow to start since the borders reopened on July 15, 2020.