Amidst concerns of yet-to-decline COVID-19 cases, the Kerala government has launched a mass drive to make the tourism destinations in the state ‘complete vaccinated zones’ by giving jabs to everyone working in the sector.

The objective is to rejuvenate the holiday industry which has suffered a severe blow due to the pandemic situation. Tourism and Public Works Minister P A Mohammed Riyas inaugurated via online the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the tourism sector at Vythiri in northern Wayanad district, a sought after holiday destination. The state-wide drive was being carried out with the support of the Health department. He said the state would soon be made a safer holiday destination after completing 100 per cent vaccination of those working in the sector.

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.