After the implementation of the pilot project at Vythiri and Meppady village panchayats, it would be extended to all holiday destinations in the state in a phased manner, the minister said. “The government has decided to implement 100 per cent vaccination in the tourism sector as part of its rejuvenation plans. It is inevitable to regain the confidence of the sector and for its revival which has most adversely been affected due to the spread of the COVID-19,” Riyas said.
As many as 3,680 people, who are yet to be vaccinated in 14 wards of Vythiri, would be inoculated in the next five days as part of the drive and two vaccination centres have been made ready for this. With this, Vythiri would become the first completely vaccinated village panchayat in the southern state.
Besides the health department, ‘Doctors for You’, an NGO, is also associated with the drive and has offered three mobile vaccination units and the service of expert doctors for the initiative, the department sources said. The volunteers of Pulse Emergency Team Kerala and Wayanad Tourism Organisation also offered support, he added.