Jamaica ’s administration is going to vaccinate those who work for the tourism industry. After how Iran started by vaccinating mayoralties’ dustmen, we now hear that Jamaica has plans for its citizens as well.
This week, the government’s goal was to inoculate 30000 residents. Edmund Bartlett, the country’s tourism minister says this shall happen over five days scheduled to end Tuesday.
Bartlett, who spoke to the local media on Saturday at a Montego Bay Convention Centre, mentioned that “The vast majority of those who will be vaccinated that day is going to be -by and large- tourism workers.
He added that this decision is based upon the fact that Jamaica ’s tourism workers have been responding to government demands for citizens to undergo coronavirus vaccination.
Giving the local press report, other than the Convention Center, the vaccination on Saturday also took place in other sites in Jamaica such as the Bahia Principe Hotel in Runaway Bay.
Many of the vaccinated folks were actually Bahia Principe Hotel workers. Other locations were\in St Ann, Trelawny, St James and Westmoreland parishes, Jamaica.
Jamaica’s Tourism worker vaccination was scheduled to begin in July but moved up after JHTA’s officials. Jamaica shows that more visitors are arriving since vaccine distribution become more widespread among North American travellers. North American travellers are the country’s main visitor source market.
Bartlett said Saturday a couple of hotels have reported 75 per cent occupancy on weekends. While Clifton Reader, JHTA’s president and managing director of Ocho Rios’ Moon Palace Jamaica resort mentioned that several north coast hotels have said their occupancy levels were up to 70 per cent.
Jamaica’s health and wellness minister, Christopher Tufton kindly said that “It’s important to protect tourism workers and to get the market to appreciate that they are protected, but they will also be protecting those who come.