Covid-19 Dhifaau: Two doses given to 48% tourism workers

Two doses of vaccine were given to 50% tourism workers this year | Photo: Visit Maldives

Maldives – Ministry of Tourism has revealed that 48 percent of workers in tourism were administered the two doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

The tourism update made on May 11 by the Ministry of Tourism showed that 48 percent workers were given the second dose of vaccine up until then. Workers of tourism industry also include the Tourism Ministry officials who got vaccinated.

Tourism Ministry had also started a campaign called “I am vaccinated” in order to enhance the number of tourism workers who go for vaccination.

Tourism workers vaccine program started on February 5, 2021. Up until now, 90 percent of tourism workers have received their first dose of vaccine.

Statistics show that 44,954 people work in the tourism industry of Maldives, out of which 21,332 are Maldivians.

Minister of Tourism Abdullah Mausoom also tweeted that while Maldives faces its worst surge in Covid-19 cases, the case numbers in resorts and liveaboard boats this May have been a record low for 2021. He had also stated that this shows the tourism industry’s implementations of strong safety protocols and HPA guidelines.

39,440 resort workers were vaccinated so far. 306 guesthouse workers, 220 safari workers, 70 hotel workers, 64 performing artists, 25 travel agents and 67 officials of the Tourism Ministry were also vaccinated, which sums up to a total of 40,192 vaccinated workers in the industry.

Health Protection Agency (HPA)’s statistics show that 302,097 people were administered with the first dose of vaccine, while 139,890 have completed two doses.

The vaccine for Covid-19 was first administered in maldives on February 1 this year. At that time it was with the donations of India’s Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine. Yet when it was time for the second dose, this vaccine had run out, leading to many concerns among the people. Although India’s vaccine has still not been received, Maldives continues to vaccinate people with vaccines donated by China.