The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has begun the COVID-19 vaccination process for frontline workers in the tourism Industry.
Speaking on the accelerated vaccination process for those within the country’s vital tourism industry, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James, in a press statement said, “We are encouraged by the enthusiasm of our tourism stakeholders who made themselves available for the vaccine. The continued health and safety of our tourism workers remains a priority for us as we welcome visitors safely to our destination and prepare for a strong tourism rebound when travel restrictions ease within the next few months in our key source markets.”
Over 2,000 hospitality professionals across Antigua and Barbuda, including hotel workers, tour operators, and restaurant and retail employees, were vaccinated this past week. Additionally, 473 persons from the airline community also received their first doses last week, at the VC Bird International Airport. Amongst those given the opportunity to receive the vaccine were administrative, operations and security staff of the Antigua and Barbuda Airport Authority, airline staff, concessionaires, ground handlers, taxi drivers, red caps, and tour companies.
Alex de Brito, chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Hotels and Tourism Association, added that “It is of utmost importance for us to protect our employees. Our industry cannot survive without their dedication, hard work and commitment to seeing the Industry bounce back.”
To date, over 23,000 persons in Antigua and Barbuda have been vaccinated. Those vaccinated include health care workers, senior and vulnerable citizens, educators, those within the public sector, and tourism frontline workers.