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Tourism Workers In Bali Can Now Apply For Covid-19 Vaccines

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The Provincial Government of Bali, through the Tourism Office, has opened online registration for tourism workers to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. 

The head of Bali Tourism Agency, Putu Astawa confirmed that he has published the online application form for tourism workers to register. “The open registration starts from Monday, Feb 22nd to Sunday, Feb 28th, 2021,” said Astawa on Tuesday (23/2).

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Astawa said that the program was initiated during the last virtual meeting with several including Tourism Ministry, Bali Tourism Agencies, and the Indonesian Tourism Industry Federation (GIPI) on Monday (22/2).

In the meeting, continued Astawa, it was also agreed that the data collected will be directly coordinated with the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.

“This data will later be used as material to request the Ministry of Health to grant the vaccine supply. And this follows a request from the deputy strategic policy of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia. That they will fight for these tourism workers to get vaccines,” he explained.

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Astawa is optimistic that the government could distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to at least 1.2 million tourism workers in Bali as people can easily register themselves through an official website

“There will be a chance where we can extend the registration period if necessary in order to reach more people to join this program, so we will continue evaluating on a daily basis,” Astawa added.

He also admitted that based on the response, many people were enthusiastic about registering.

Bali locals in masks
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Astawa said that 10,500 tourism workers have registered for vaccination within the first two days. “Since we posted the online registration yesterday, we already receive 10,500 applications,” Astawa said.

All the applications will be sent to the Health Ministry before the vaccination process begins. “I think the vaccine is the most important thing to do before the border reopens, so we could earn the trust and build the confidence of the international travelers” Astawa concluded.

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