Press Release:- The Saint Lucia Hospitality & Tourism Association (SLHTA) is expressing appreciation and encouragement to the Government of Saint Lucia for their efforts in getting the citizenry vaccinated in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.
The vaccination programme against the COVID-19 virus began on February 17, 2021, with a focus on vaccinating those at the highest risk of being exposed to the virus: healthcare workers in clinical settings, first responders, security service personnel, and other front-line workers.
On March 4, SLHTA President, Karolin Troubetzkoy, received her vaccine, while the rest of the SLHTA Executive Committee along with officers from the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) and the Ministry of Tourism received theirs on March 9.
On Tuesday last, SLHTA Directors, along with their team members who were previously hesitant, came out en masse to receive their jabs.
Chief Executive Officer of the SLHTA, Noorani Azeez, said the SLHTA supports the rollout of the vaccination programme which seeks to protect the citizenry from the crippling pandemic that has since claimed more than 2.6 million people globally and nearly 50 people in Saint Lucia.
He also congratulated members of the public for turning out in large numbers to receive the vaccines.
“I am very encouraged by the rate of vaccinations to date and the tremendous interest shown by the general public in safeguarding the health of their loved ones by getting vaccinated,” said Azeez.
“The engagement with the private clinics and the SLHTA to set up vaccination camps for industry employees, investors and executives who were interested, has been exceptional and the authorities must be highly commended for this level of engagement, collaboration, cooperation and trust.”
Meanwhile, SLHTA President, Karolin Troubetzkoy, also encouraged team members within the tourism sector to get vaccinated, noting that source markets are already using vaccination as a point of reference in choosing a destination.
“The vaccinations are very important for everyone, to protect yourself but also those around you. Plus, we’re now getting questions every day from potential future visitors and our trade partners as to whether our team members are vaccinated,” Troubetzkoy said.
“So we want everyone to take a close look, address all of the concerns they may have and really consider getting vaccinated.”