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The Department of Tourism (DOT) applauded the private sector’s effort to vaccinate approximately 500 tourism workers and their dependents in El Nido with the first dose of AstraZeneca on August 16.

The tourism department commended business sector partners AirSwift, AC Health, Ayala Hotels and Resorts, Healthway, Qualimed, Ten Knots, and Zuellig Pharma for taking measures to protect workers and 100 of their dependents from COVID-19, according to a statement the department released.

The DOT said the initiative is a “much-needed” boost to its vaccine drive for frontline workers in Palawan.

It said the program brings the total number of vaccinated tourism workers in El Nido to 1,761, or 25.16 percent of the estimated 7,000 tourism workers on the municipality’s master list as of August 16.

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The DOT also thanked the National Task Force Against COVID-19, the National Vaccination Operations Center, and the Department of Health (DOH) for the expected arrival of 15,000 Moderna and 10,000 Sinovac vaccines for the tourism workers in Palawan.

The vaccines are allocated for tourism workers in Coron, El Nido, and Puerto Princesa City.

The DOT said the joint efforts of the government and the private sector to inoculate tourism workers and their dependents in destinations like El Nido are key to the reboot of the tourism industry.

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