September 13. Jamaica has established a new Tourism Vaccination Task Force that aims to facilitate the administration of COVID-19 vaccinations to all tourism workers on the island. Under the leadership of Jamaica Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, the task force has organized a series of voluntary vaccination blitzes located at strategic sites across the country. The initiative aims to increase access to vaccinations for Jamaica’s tourism workers, including individuals working in hotels, villas and guest houses, attractions, airports, cruise ports, craft markets and ground transportation operators.
“The immunization of tourism workers is vital to safeguarding Jamaica’s tourism sector and the Tourism Vaccination Task Force has been working assiduously to ensure that we make it easier for our essential workers to have access to vaccines,” said Minister Bartlett. “Our target is to ensure that all of Jamaica’s 170,000 tourism workers are vaccinated and protected from the possible harm that can come from contracting the deadly COVID-19 virus and its variants. This island-wide vaccination program will aid in our recovery efforts for the sector and by extension the country.”
Tourism worker vaccination drives began at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Aug. 30 and continued at Sandals Negril on Sept. 2 and Moon Palace Hotel in Ocho Rios on Sept. 3. Other proposed sites for future vaccination activities for the tourism sector include Emancipation Park, Kingston; Harmony Beach Park, Montego Bay; Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier; Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth; and the Port Antonio Cruise Ship Pier.
Source: Insider Travel Report