Labuan Bajo district head lauds Tourism Ministry's vaccination program

Labuan Bajo district head lauds Tourism Ministry's vaccination program

Vaccinator from the West Manggarai Health Service injects the Moderna vaccine to residents of Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, September 1, 2021. (ANTARA/Fransiska Mariana Nuka/rst)

It is such an extraordinary step by the ministry to take part in holding the vaccination program for the people of Labuan Bajo in dealing with the impacts of being exposed to COVID-19
Labuan Bajo (ANTARA) - Head of West Manggarai District Edistasius Endi praised the collaboration by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy to administer four thousand doses of vaccine to the tourism community and local residents in Labuan Bajo.

"It is such an extraordinary step by the ministry to take part in holding the vaccination program for the people of Labuan Bajo in dealing with the impacts of being exposed to COVID-19," Endi stated at the opening of the Vaccination Center in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai District, East Nusa Tenggara Province, Wednesday.

Endi expressed gratitude that the Ministry had collaborated with Danone Indonesia and the Labuan Bajo Flores Authority Body (BPOLBF) to express their concern and responsibility for the achievements of COVID-19 vaccination in areas being developed by the government as super-priority tourism areas.

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The district head remarked that four thousand doses of vaccine over a span of four days will help the local governments in accelerating the vaccination program.

Endi later explained that expediting vaccination will attract tourists to visit Labuan Bajo, thereby helping the creative economy in the area to bounce back.

He targeted to vaccinate 100 percent of his people in November. However, if more parties help accelerate vaccination in this super-premium tourism area, he assessed that the target will be met before November 2021.


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He is optimistic that by expediting vaccination, villages in the remote areas of his administration would also be covered.

"Hence, it is not only the residents of Labuan Bajo that receive the vaccine but also all residents of West Manggarai," Endi stated.

Head of the West Manggarai District Health Service, Paulus Mami, conveyed that vaccination services through online registration conducted at the Vaccination Center had helped officers to ensure the implementation of health protocols.

"If people register online like this, then they already know about the schedule. Hence, they know what time to come, and we can avoid crowding," Mami remarked.

Mami also noted that 20 vaccinators had been ready at the Vaccination Center. Some 50 thousand people out of the total target of 250 thousand people are targeted to be vaccinated in West Manggarai.


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