Minister targets vaccinating 80 percent tourism players by 2021-end

Minister targets vaccinating 80 percent tourism players by 2021-end

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno (second left) during his visit to Garut District, West Java, Sunday (August 22, 2021). ANTARA/Feri Purnama

The total number of tourism and creative economy players reaches 34 million, and we are targeting to vaccinate 70 to 80 percent of the total figure this year
Garut, W Java (ANTARA) - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno has targeted to vaccinate 80 percent of the 34 million tourism and creative economy players across Indonesia against COVID-19 by the end of 2021.

"Until September, we are targeting 400 thousand tourism and creative economy entrepreneurs (to be vaccinated), which means we have to aim for 34 thousand to 40 thousand people (vaccinated) per day," Uno remarked during his visit to Garut District, West Java, Sunday.

The minister noted that some 34 million people were engaged in Indonesia's tourism and creative economy businesses, 80 percent of whom were targeted to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in 2021.

"The total number of tourism and creative economy players reaches 34 million, and we are targeting to vaccinate 70 to 80 percent of the total figure this year," he affirmed.

The minister revealed that his side continues to disseminate information and educate people on the benefits of vaccines in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.

As someone who had earlier contracted COVID-19, Uno admitted to the benefits gained from getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Hence, he encouraged all tourism actors to get vaccinated in a bid to boost their immune response against COVID-19.

"I am a survivor (of COVID-19), so I really feel that the vaccine is a very effective fortress to contain the transmission of COVID-19," he remarked.

The minister conveyed that disseminating information and edifying the public to be vaccinated were crucial steps to ensure more number of people get vaccinated, especially those from the tourism business community.

"We believe (the tourism industry and the creative economy) will recover if they (the players) are healthy. To stay healthy, they need to get vaccinated," he affirmed.

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