By Tuesday, more than 50% of station workers had received their Covid-19 reminders.
The Ministry of Tourism, through its latest weekly figures, revealed that the percentage of resort workers who received booster doses had been pushed to 52.9% as of February 22.
Statistics also showed that 97.6% of people employed at resorts in the Maldives’ tourism industry were fully vaccinated against the coronavirus as of Tuesday.
Additionally, 99.8% of station workers have received the first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine so far.
The booster doses were rolled out for frontliners in the tourism sector in association with the Health Protection Agency (HPA) very recently.
Authorities launched the Covid-19 vaccination campaign for workers in the tourism industry on February 4, 2021.
Priority is given to the vaccination of employees in the tourism sector who come into close contact with tourists, such as those working on cruise ships, employees of bed and breakfasts and those performing service functions at the customers in various tourist establishments.
Earlier, the ministry launched the “I’m Vaccinated” campaign with the aim of sharing a positive message regarding the vaccinations of personnel employed in the industry as well as promoting the initiatives taken to ensure that the Maldives remains one of the destinations safest travel.
The ministry aims to make the Maldives the first fully vaccinated tourism sector in the world. The strict health and safety guidelines currently in place will help achieve this, plus the added benefit of the unique Maldives training that ensures social distancing.
The ministry revealed that 0.19% of tourists who arrived in the Maldives between July 15 and December 31, 2020 tested positive for the virus, while the positivity rate among tourists between January 1 and December 31, 2021 was by 0.30%. The rate jumped to 0.54% between January 1 and February 23 this year.
The Maldives has made steady efforts to revive tourism across the island nation and has launched a large-scale vaccination program against Covid-19 for airport workers and employees in the tourism sector.
Tourism in the Maldives has been hit hard due to the pandemic and tourism recovery travel has been slow at first since the borders reopened on July 15, 2020.
Nationwide vaccination figures began to rise at a time when the Health Protection Agency (HPA) also began giving booster doses to people at high risk of complications from the virus.