Batam vaccinates for travel bubble

BATAM, Riau Islands, 24 March 2021: Indonesia’s Tourism and
Creative Economy Ministry has set a target to vaccinate 30,000 tourism
entrepreneurs against Covid-19 in Batam and Bintan Islands, Riau Islands

Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga
Uno said inoculation of tourism workers strengthen the bid to open a travel
corridor with Singapore, possibly as early as this April. The travel bubble
would allow Singaporeans to visit the Indonesian islands.

A successful vaccination programme would strengthen both
domestic and foreign travellers’ trust and confidence in the two islands.
However, news reports in Singapore noted that the travel bubble initially would
not extend to Indonesians travelling to Singapore.

Uno urged those who have received the Covid-19 jabs to
continue to abide by the government’s health protocols to prevent any potential
coronavirus transmission.

Meanwhile, the head of Batam city’s health office, Didi
Kusmarjadi, said 1,900 tourism players in the city would receive their jabs by
the end of this week.

The government has rolled out a nationwide vaccination
programme this year to arrest the spread of infections. According to the Health
Ministry, it could take up to 15 months to vaccinate around 181.5 million

 (Source: Antara news)