Published on : Saturday, March 20, 2021
The government of Antigua & Barbuda has started the COVID-19 vaccination process for frontline workers in the tourism industry. Over 2,000 hospitality professionals across Antigua & Barbuda, including hotel workers, tour operators, restaurant and retail employees, were vaccinated in the past week. In addition, nearly 473 persons from the airline community also received their first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine last week, at the VC Bird International Airport.
To date, over 23,000 individuals in Antigua & Barbuda have been vaccinated, from a population of around 100,000. Those vaccinated include health care workers, senior and vulnerable citizens, educators, those within the public sector, and tourism frontline workers. Colin James, Chief Executive, the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority said in a statement that authorities are encouraged by the enthusiasm of tourism stakeholders who made themselves available for the vaccine.
He mentioned that the continued health and safety of tourism workers remains a priority for the country and visitors are welcomed safely to the destination and prepared for a strong tourism rebound when travel restrictions ease within the next few months in the key source markets. Alex de Brito, Chairman, Antigua & Barbuda Hotels & Tourism Association, added that it is of utmost importance to protect the employees as the industry cannot survive without their dedication, hard work and commitment to seeing the industry bounce back.
He also said that with so many already taking the step towards vaccination, authorities are confident that the destination will have a positive image in the international travel media. He shared that the message is definitely one that promotes the safety of the destination and the commitment that the government has shown in reviving the economy of Antigua and Barbuda and to get it beyond the grips of the pandemic.