ASSOCIATES TIMES: Antigua and Barbuda: The Health Ministry of Antigua and Barbuda have planned to establish an identification system that would publicise the vaccination status of businesses and individuals in the tourism sector.
This step by the ministry has been taken to ensure the safety of the travellers who are vacationing in Antigua and Barbuda island. The basic idea of this project is to make the – identification unique to the individual so that it cannot be shared.
An instance of this ID system could be found in the vaccination cards given to individuals who receive their COVID-19 vaccine doses on the island and abroad, which are further presented to the immigration staff at points of entry around the globe to ensure of the individual’s vaccination status.
The difference with this forthcoming project by the Health Ministry is that the visitors would not need to ask anybody to present their vaccine IDs, instead, they would be displayed on the worker’s persons, as well as on the business places.
Melford Nicholas, -Minister of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications & Information Technology at the government of Antigua & Barbuda, explained the details of the forthcoming project in the post-Cabinet media announcement.
He stated, “As the cruise tourism trade returns, many of the shops in Heritage Quay which are closed for now will get some form of identification, on their windows probably, in a very visible way – to indicate that in these stores, the employees are fully vaccinated.”
“That stamp of approval would be granted by the – Ministry of Health after inspection and after they are satisfied that all of the employees are in fact fully vaccinated,”- he stated.
Following the statement, he asserted, “The same thing would be true for the taxis themselves, not only with the taxi drivers but also with the taxi vehicles as well, would be able to show these emblems.”
“In this week, it was revealed that some taxi operators are already being questioned by the visitors in regard to their vaccination status,
meaning this identification project is a clever call, with the nation just weeks away from welcoming the cruises back.”
With the competition for tourist arrivals across the region heating up, the authorities are hopeful that this project would serve the tourists looking to soak up some sun, but still would remain safe.