3,000 hotel employees in S’pore receive vaccination against Covid-19, Singapore News & Top Stories


SINGAPORE – Around 3,000 workers in the hospitality industry received the Covid-19 vaccine as of Monday, January 25, after a vaccination program was launched for the industry on January 15.

About two-thirds are employees of establishments dedicated to stay-at-home notices (SHNs), Minister of State for Trade and Industry Alvin Tan said on Thursday.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a visit to the Raffles City Convention Center vaccination center, where he saw reception staff receive their first injection.

The industry was chosen as one of the first beneficiaries of the vaccine because its workers have been on the front lines since March of last year, with 70 hotels serving as dedicated facilities for the NHS, Tan said.

He stressed that vaccination is only one of the country’s pillars in the fight against Covid-19, alongside testing, contact tracing and safe management measures.

Mr Tan said the vaccination program will give confidence to workers in the industry, especially with the risk of exposure to the virus when caring for those traveling from overseas.

Singapore Hotel Association chairman Kwee Wei-Lin hopes the vaccination program will also help bring the industry back to some normalcy.

“We hope this will restore the confidence of our staff, their well-being, their families as well as international travelers when they return,” said Ms. Kwee.

The vaccine will be offered to all hotel workers on a voluntary basis, including the 160 member hotels of the association, which employ around 40,000 people. When asked if workers’ inoculation status would affect their deployment, Ms Kwee said all employees would be treated the same.

The hospitality industry has been chosen as one of the first beneficiaries of the vaccine, as its workers have been on the front lines since March 2020. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

The industry plans to complete the program by the third quarter of 2021.

Asked about the industry’s reaction to recent cases of hotel guests and staff contracting Covid-19, Ms Kwee said the industry was ready and the vaccination program is another layer of protection for staff.

Shangri-La Hotel Singapore lobby ambassador Mr. Edward Chew was among those who received their first injection on Thursday.

“The virus is vicious, you want to protect yourself, your family and loved ones, the colleagues you work with and, most importantly, the clients you hire,” said the 69-year-old man who has worked at the hotel for. 17 years. .

Shangri-La Hotel Singapore Lobby Ambassador Edward Chew receives his photo at the Raffles City Convention Center on January 28, 2021. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Mr. Britt Ng, Shangri-La’s head sommelier, hopes the coup will ensure the safety of future customers.

“When they come to interact with us I think they will feel more confident because we have been vaccinated,” said the 34-year-old.

Food and Beverage Director Ahmad Ridzuan Ahmad said he was grateful to have received his first injection, especially as cases are skyrocketing in his home country, Malaysia.

The 35-year-old, who works for Pan Pacific Singapore, said the recent hotel cases had worried him.

“I’m on the front line and there is a lot of interaction with the guests, so when I was offered the vaccine, I took it very positively,” he said.

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