President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, JHTA, Clifton Reader is dismissing reports that tourism workers are being charged a small fee to get vaccinated.

He says all administrative costs are undertaken by the JHTA member hotels and allied companies to facilitate their Tourism Vaccination Drive.

He was responding to reports that tourism workers were being charged approximately US 9 dollars to take the vaccine.

In last week’s vaccination blitz, Mr. Reader says the turnout numbers exceeded expectations.

Mr. Reader, who is also the Co-Chair of the Tourism Vaccination Task Force, says more than 2-thousand tourism workers were vaccinated during the first three days.

The JHTA boss says the hotel sector is looking to vaccinate up to 80-percent of the more than 42 thousand engaged workers.

He noted that a survey being conducted on the island’s hotels is showing that the majority have achieved close to 50 percent vaccination rate of their employees.

Mr. Reader says the workers are more receptive to taking the vaccine since the onset of the third wave of the pandemic.

Clifton Reader, JHTA President.