Fully vaccinated tourism workers nationwide now at 70% – DOT

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) — Over 70% of workers in the tourism sector have already completed their COVID-19 shots to date, the Tourism department said Wednesday.

"Overall, in the Philippines, 70.5% ang fully vaccinated sa tourism workers," Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat told CNN Philippines' The Source.

Puyat said even when Metro Manila was under Alert Level 4 a few months ago, 99% of all hotel employees in the region were already fully-vaccinated.

She added that tourism workers in Baguio, Davao Region, and San Vicente in Palawan have already reached 100% vaccination rate, while Boracay will likely complete vaccination for its target eligible population in two weeks.

The number of fully vaccinated workers in Mountain Province has already reached 95%, 91% in Coron in Palawan, and 83% in Bohol, she added.

She bared that there may have been some slight delays in inoculation in areas like Siargao due to the limited number of health workers who need to undergo quarantine after getting exposed to COVID-19, but the agency is coordinating with them since the doses were already delivered.

"In the other tourism sites, we have already delivered. Sec (Carlito) Galvez and Sec. (Vince) Dizon already delivered all the vaccines. It's now up to the LGUs to start vaccinating pero yung supply nasa kanila na, including yung 12-17 years old (the supply is already with them including the ones for the 12-17 years old)," Puyat noted.

Close to 30 million Filipinos are already fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of November 9. The government aims to increase its daily inoculation target from over 500,000 to 1.5 million later this month.