Over 450 front line tourism workers were vaccinated in Dubrovnik today, the first city to hold such a mass vaccination program for tourism workers in Croatia. The vaccination was held at the Dubrovnik Sports Centre and was attended by the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Nikolina Brnjac, and the Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavić.
On this occasion, the Minister stated that Dubrovnik was chosen to start vaccination due to its importance as a destination. “With the “Safe stay in Croatia” project, we have developed all the health and safety standards. We have sent a message of safety to our guests and it is important that the tourist staff respond in as many numbers as possible. Vaccination continues in an organized manner in other counties as well, because tourism workers are our priority,” said Brnjac.
She noted that 70 percent of tourism workers have shown interest in vaccinations.
"We certainly expect a greater response because tourism workers are in direct contact with guests, and it is important for us to reduce the possibility of creating hotspots. In addition, guests will look at the vaccination status when choosing a destination. The government will provide antigen tests for guests, at a symbolic price, and it is up to us to adhere to epidemiological measures," said Minister Brnjac.
She added that it is important that testing points be deployed not only at airports and border crossings, but also in marinas and other places where they will be clearly accessible to guests.
Dubrovnik-Neretva County Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić pointed out his satisfaction that Dubrovnik was chosen to start vaccinating tourist workers. "Dubrovnik deserves it due to its importance, and also because we are the hardest hit by the corona crisis. In 2020, the wider Dubrovnik area recorded a drop of more than 80 percent in tourist results than the year before.”
"This will speed up the vaccination of the entire population. People are aware that vaccination is the best disease prevention. I call on everyone to respond and to create an epidemiological situation as a condition for good preparation for the main tourist season. We still believe that we can achieve 60 to 70 percent of the results from 2019, although we are aware that this also depends on the situation in the emitting countries. We are optimistic,” concluded Dobroslavić.