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Boracay may soon accept fully vaccinated tourists without negative RT-PCR

Boracay may soon accept fully vaccinated tourists without negative RT-PCR

Team Out of Town Blog Hub (www.outoftownblog.com) -All tourist workers and eligible residents of Boracay Island will be fully vaccinated within a month, which means that in November fully vaccinated people can visit the world-famous island without having to undergo tests for Covid-19.

The Ministry of Tourism made this forecast, as the vaccination affected 91.09% of all tourism workers and 62.78% of the eligible population on the island as of Sunday (October 24th).

Boracay Island by Cojo Rosales via Unsplash

Boracay may soon accept fully vaccinated tourists without negative RT-PCR

Tourism Minister Berna Romulo-Puyat says her optimism about reviving the island’s tourism has been boosted by Aklan Gov. Florencio Miraflores’ commitment to receive visitors with evidence of full vaccination – instead of a negative RT-PCR test – once the island reaches 100% vaccination rate among its residents.

Boracay Island is expected to vaccinate its entire eligible population of 24,451 within the month of October, making it the first destination in the Philippines to achieve 100% inoculation. The island was also the first tourist destination to receive vaccines against Covid-19 earlier this year.

Puyat said this positive development happened as saw a drastic increase in tourist arrivals in the last two months compared to the same period last year.

Boracay Island in Aklan by Rj Baculo via Unsplash
Boracay Island in Aklan by Rj Baculo via Unsplash

A total of 11,668 active tourism workers on the island have received full doses of anti-COVID injection. They are persons employed in hotels, resorts, restaurants, spas and wellness centers, souvenir shops, shopping centers, security services and other providers of basic services, tourist transport, tourism-related cooperatives and associations and government services on the first line and private agencies.

“Our vaccinations are crucial to the protection of our tourism workers, as they encounter visitors every day. “Once 100 percent of the tourist workers in Boracay have been inoculated, is confident that in the coming weeks the number of tourists arriving on the island will increase further and more tourist establishments will be able to reopen to restore jobs,” Puyat said.

A total of 15,350 or 62.78 percent of the island’s eligible population of 24,451 were fully vaccinated, leaving about 9,000 residents left to be vaccinated. As of October 18, there were no new active cases on the island.

As the restrictions were eased with the lifting of Aklan’s Modified Extended Enhanced Quarantine (MECQ) on September 8, the Island registered a total of 6,702 arrivals in September and 17,995 in the first three weeks of October. This represents an increase of 253% and 1243.6% respectively compared to the same period last year.

Western Visayas (Region 6), which consists of the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo, registered an inoculation rate of 63.26 percent among tourism workers as of October 21st.

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