Some 40,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines were needed to ensure the immunity of tourism workers and residents in Boracay, the town mayor said on Friday.

So far 1,122 tourism workers on Boracay Island had received their first doses, said Mayor Frolibar Bautista.

“Sa lahat ng mga workers, mga almost 12,000 e. So, and then, yung mga residents natin mga almost 18,000. So we need 40,000 doses na bakuna para at least ma-target na natin ang 100%, so that the entire Boracay will have immunity,” Bautista said in a Laging Handa government briefing.

(All of our workers are almost 12,000. And then, our residents are almost 18,000. So we need 40,000 doses of vaccines to at least reach our target of 100%, so that Boracay will have entire immunity)

Bautista said the national government had promised to send Covid-19 vaccine doses for all  tourism workers, front liners, and residents.

The local government of Aklan requires tourists to submit a Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test to enter  Boracay, even those who had been fully vaccinated.

Bautista said there were 53 active cases of Covid-19 in Malay, Aklan. Ariel Jack Tejado II