Maldives tourism industry 90% vaccinated with first dose!

A resort industry worker receiving the first dose of Covishield vaccine, manufactured by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, in collaboration with Oxford University | Photo: Avas

Malé, Maldives – Tourism Minister of Maldives, Dr. Abdulla Mausoom has said that ninety percent of employees in the tourism industry of the island nation are vaccinated with the first dose against Covid-19 virus.

Speaking at an interview with CNBC, Dr. Mausoom said that extensive efforts are being made to promote Maldives in 2021, including vaccinating ninety percent of the tourism industry workers.

Vaccination of the second dose will begin next week for the tourism industry workers according to Minister Mausoom.

90% have received the vaccine at present. Sometime next week, the second dose will be administered. Hope is, for everyone working in the [tourism] industry to receive the vaccine and complete the process

Maldives Tourism Minister Mausoom

According to statistics released by the Tourism Ministry, 32,000 workers have been vaccinated with the first dose as of 13 April 2021. A large percentage of tourism frontliners working on live-aboards, guesthouses and airport representatives at Velana International Airport are now vaccinated.

The vaccination program began for tourism industry workers on February 4th of 2021 in an effort to create a safe environment for travellers and industry personnel.

Maldives is also preparing to launch the ‘3-V’ campaign this year. The three Vs stand for of Visit, Vaccinate and Vacation in which tourists are expected to vacation for three to four weeks in the Maldives and receive two complete doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.