Protecting tourism sector

Trishaw riders in George Town waiting for passengers at the start of the movement control order in March last year. – Filepic

SOME 300 trishaw riders and taxi drivers are expected to receive the vaccine against Covid-19 this month in an effort for Penang to obtain a fully vaccinated tourism eco-system.

State tourism and creative economy committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said the Penang government had set in motion the inoculation of trishaw riders and taxi drivers as the state inched closer to herd immunity.

“Petace has been orchestrating plans with health and tourism authorities to spearhead efforts to vaccinate Penang’s tourism stalwarts.

“My office has compiled a list of names of 300 trishaw riders and taxi drivers.

“We made special arrangements and they will be receiving their vaccinations in July.

“As they are among the vulnerable and high-risk groups, a temporary one-stop centre will be established to administer the vaccine,” he said in a statement on Friday.

Yeoh said the vaccination would be on top of the issuance of licence, haircut and medical checkup plus provision of daily necessities for the group.

“With herd immunity imminent in Penang, we need to ensure that the state remains at the forefront of domestic and international markets, prevailing as the jewel in Malaysia’s tourism crown.

“Travellers will gain faith in our fully vaccinated tourism eco-system.

“Then we can consider welcoming foreign tourists back.

“Petace remains steadfast in getting the state’s tourism landscape out of the doldrums, while shoring it up for the resumption of travel activities despite normalcy remaining uncertain,” he added.

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