Algarve business people call for mass vaccination

By TPN/Lusa, in News, COVID-19, Business · 04-07-2021 12:00:00 · 9 Comments

Businessmen from the hospitality sector in the Algarve, on 2 July, called for the advancement of mass vaccination and mass testing in the region, as well as positive discrimination for those with digital certificates, demands that they will hand over to the Government.

"Mass testing and vaccination has to be one of the flagships of our Government and pass the digital certificates so that people can do their lives," Miguel Gião told Lusa after a meeting in Faro that brought together representatives of the catering, hotel and business sector.

The businessman, a member of the board of the Downtown Faro Cultural and Activist Association (OCAB), pointed out that the Algarve is the region with the "most delayed" vaccination, which could be contributing to the current situation, where several municipalities are at high or very high risk of infection.

"We needed a mass vaccination for those working in tourism, because they deal with people from different countries and should be called upon, just as happened with teachers," he argued.

The leader stressed that vaccines are "available and unlimited in the Lisbon region", but at a time when tourists flock to the region, "a reinforcement in the Algarve" would be necessary.

Miguel Gião complained that in Faro alone there's the possibility of vaccinating around 1.000 people per day, but "only 300 vaccines arrive".

Another of the proposals that came out of the meeting is positive discrimination for those who have the Covid-19 digital certificate, so that these people can "stay in the places after the time that the others would have to pick up".

For businessmen, this would be an incentive so that "those who wanted to keep their freedom" and enjoy the spaces during normal hours "would go and get vaccinated".

The revision of the calculations of the risk matrix is another of these sectors' demands - also defended by various Algarvian local councillors - so that tourists are added to the borough's residents when calculating the incidence.

Forecasts for the summer are very negative, as those who booked "are cancelling" and many people "won't book holidays", Miguel Gião lamented.

"We have the summer practically conditioned. We are going into the fourth winter in a row in the region and the reinforcement that was expected this summer is not going to happen. It's going to be a very, very tough winter. Recovery maybe in May 2022", he stressed.

The leader gives the example of a company with 27 restaurants and two hotels in Albufeira where "the only meal of many of the employees is the one they take in the workplace" and, at the end of the day, "they take their supper to eat at home".

"We're already talking about hunger, it's very complicated", he lamented.

Present at the meeting were leaders from the Algarve Hotel and Restaurant Industry Association (AIHSA), the Algarve Regional Commerce and Services Association (ACRAL), the Hotel, Restaurant and Similar Association of Portugal (AHRESP), the Business Association of Quarteira (AEPQ), the Association of Bars and Restaurants of Loulé (ABRL), the Quarteira Vilamoura Business Association, the PRO.VAR Association and OCAB.

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No one bothered by the fact they use "Businessmen" in the article while they talk about business people in the title? No women who do business in the Algarve and have a voice in all this?

By Lidia from Algarve on 16-07-2021 05:55

That's not reflecting the sentiment on the ground. Faro has capacity to give 1000 vaccines per day but only 250 appointments confirmed.
I don't think it's a lack of supply. Lack of demand more like it.
They tried these tactics in other places.
Give it up already! The jab protects the person who took it (sort of, hopefully, lots of prayers to Covidia goddesses and wishful thinking) and that's all there is.

By Paula from Algarve on 05-07-2021 09:54

Season is over. There will be no business this year. Prepare for winter and banks foreclosures. Prices of real estate are going down. Prices of shops and restaurants are going down. No vaccine or green passport will help this time.

By Joao from Algarve on 05-07-2021 09:16

No way Jose.Not until there is sufficient long term safety data on a novel vaccine.

By James from Algarve on 05-07-2021 07:54

Luckily Ana's position is that of a small minority. Maybe next time Ana has a headache she shouldn't take experimental paracetamol. This abandonment of science typically supported by online myths is why Russia are now at the beginning of next wave ( few get are
getting vaccinated). And yet, the ill informed position of so many Russians is understandable:
why trust a government who spends much energy propagating lies.
Ana has no excuse!

By Nuno from Lisbon on 05-07-2021 01:11

Are you saying that the only reason vaccinated people test positive is because they're using a test that has more than 90% FALSE positives? Go figure.

By William from Other on 04-07-2021 08:29

"take it to save our business!!"
Don't think so...

Couldn't agree more with Ana's comment.

By Fred Doe from Algarve on 04-07-2021 04:47

Here we go seems the ‘band aid to cure all’ method is gaining traction.
Don’t blame them down South though , lives ruined by a virus that kills less than 1% of us.
Go Figure...

By William from Porto on 04-07-2021 04:34

Interesting way of thinking that a vaccine will resolve everything. Vaccinated people still get positive tests, still able to transfer to other people. Still not able to travel (UK). So we aim for a digital certificate in order to be 'allowed' to holiday? Our rights are freedom, we don't need experimental injection conditions. Lisbon court judged last year that the PCR test can't be used for diagnoses. You can also find that information on every enclosure. Still they keep using this so called 'test' with more than 90% false positives. Lisbon court judged last month that not 17.000 people have died from this 'disease' but 157! Go figure...

By Ana from Algarve on 04-07-2021 12:19
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