Travel agency says Guam travelers are mostly under 50
By Shelley Shan / Journalist
Almost 73% of travelers participating in a pilot vaccination program in Guam are aged 49 or under, with most choosing to be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech, Lion Travel said yesterday .
The American territory has launched the Air Vaccination and Vacation program to boost its tourism sector.
Although travel agencies in Taiwan are not allowed to organize overseas tours during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are allowed to organize flights and accommodation.
Photo: Yao Kai-shiou, Taipei Times
While the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has not banned people from traveling overseas to get vaccinated, since Friday last week it has demanded that all people arriving from overseas undergo blood tests. polymerase chain reaction and self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to prevent the spread of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2.
Lion Travel’s first vaccination tour group left for Guam at 9 am yesterday, as did groups with other travel agencies.
The EVA Airways charter flight carried 164 passengers.
It was the airline’s first passenger flight to the United States since 2017.
Lion Travel chief executive Andy Yu (游 國 珍) said the largest age groups among first-flight passengers were 20-29 and 40-49, each accounting for 21.1% of first-flight passengers. travelers.
Almost 73% of them are 49 or younger, Yu said.
“We believe they flew because they are not in the CECC’s priority vaccination groups and want to receive the vaccine as soon as possible, given the COVID-19 outbreak in Taiwan, ”he said. “Some of them need to be vaccinated because they frequently travel abroad on business.”
Thirty-eight percent of the Lion Travel group have requested the Moderna vaccine, 34 percent have chosen Pfizer-BioNTech, 23 percent have requested the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine, and 3 percent have not been vaccinated for the trip, Lion Travel said.
Messenger RNA vaccines are said to offer stronger protection against COVID-19 variants, the travel agency said when asked why most travelers prefer to be vaccinated on a regimen that requires two injections.
The preference for Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech drove sales for a 22-day package, with 80% of seats in the first of those packages, he said.
Lion Travel also offers five- and seven-day packages, he said.
All 439 seats on his five-day Guam packages have been booked, he said.
Yesterday, 300 people had signed up for seven-day packages, Lion Travel said.
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