10K Sinovac vaccines for tourism workers arrive in Boracay

10,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine CoronaVac arrived in Boracay on Monday, according to the Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday, so many tourism workers there will be vaccinated.

On Monday, the and local government began vaccinating tourism workers at CityMall Boracay.

“We are glad to report that the 10,000 doses of Sinovac will benefit 6,500 tourism in the island,” said Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat.

According to the DOT, of the 10,000 doses, 3,000 are reserved for the second dose, while the remaining 7,000 are for the first and second doses of 3,500 tourism workers.

said the targets to vaccinate all 11,620 tourism workers on Boracay Island in preparation for the upcoming holiday season.

“I am very happy to see that more and more tourism workers in Boracay are getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and are able to return to their livelihood with confidence. We in the DOT remain grateful to all of our partners, including the private sector,” said Puyat.

Based on Malay, Aklan LGU, 29,660 tourists arrived in Boracay from July 1 to 25, 2021.

Of that number, 65.08 percent or 19,305 came from the National Capital Region.

10K Sinovac vaccines for tourism workers arrive in Boracay

Visitors planning to enter Boracay just need to present the following to get their tourist QR code:

  • Negative RT-PCR test result taken 72 hours before departure
  • Confirmed hotel booking
  • Proof of identification with Philippine residency (any government ID)
  • Round trip flight/travel details

“Aside from the actual swab test done at a clinic, which takes five minutes for the actual collection process at your appointed timeslot, the requirements can all be sent and paid for online for faster transactions. Talks are currently in place to accept results from the less invasive Saliva RT-PCR test in the future,” Kara Santos, who visited the island, said.

“There’s no need to physically line up in your respective cities just to get a barangay certificate, medical clearance certificate, Joint COVID PNP Shield Travel Pass, and all those other requirements needed to enter destinations that haven’t officially reopened yet, making Boracay a relatively easy destination to visit in the pandemic era,” she added.

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