The mountain station at Wayanad vaccinates everyone in the tourism sector

4,837 tourism stakeholders in Vythiri administered at least one dose; Kerala will expand its project to other sites

As part of a program to turn Kerala into a safe tourist destination during the pandemic period, the Vythiri panchayat, a popular hill station in Wayanad, has completed COVID-19 vaccination for industry players tourism.

No less than 4,837 people, including employees of hotels, resorts, homestays and serviced villas, taxi and car drivers, tour guides, porters and traders in 14 Vythiri grama panchayat neighborhoods have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The Directorate of Tourism has resumed the vaccination campaign in association with the Directorate of Health.

Goal of the project

Tourism Minister Mohamed Riyas said the campaign would be extended to other tourist sites in the state, with the aim of promoting Kerala as a safe tourist destination. Observing that the tourism sector was one of the worst affected by the pandemic, he said full vaccination would instill confidence in tourists and help revive the industry.

Next in line

The minister said the total vaccination pilot project in Vythiri was completed in seven days. Hailing the NGO Doctors for You and the health workers involved in the campaign, he said the safe tourism campaign would be extended to Meppadi in Wayanad, followed by Munnar, Thekkady, Fort Kochi, Kumarakom, Kovalam and Varkala.

Three mobile vaccination units were put into service for the vaccination campaign in Vythiri. Mr Riyas said members of the Pulse Kerala emergency team would also contribute to the campaign in the next phase.

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