AAHOA launches COVID-19 vaccine initiative

AAHOA has launched a new initiative that encourages hoteliers to proactively promote COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees. In launching the “Pledge to Protect Our Guests, Employees, and Businesses” initiative, AAHOA is asking the nation’s hotel owners not only to educate their employees about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine but also to provide them with the resources they need to get vaccinated.

“In the fight against COVID-19, the most critical step hoteliers can take right now to ensure the safety and well-being of their employees and their guests is to encourage their employees to get vaccinated,” said AAHOA President and CEO Cecil P. Staton. “Throughout the pandemic, America’s hotels adopted strict sanitization standards to minimize the spread of this virus. We are entering an important stage as our country begins to reopen and resume pre-pandemic activities. We anticipate that consumer confidence will increase as more Americans get vaccinated, and people will begin to travel once again. We want them to know that America’s hoteliers and their employees are doing what it takes to protect their health.”

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This week, President Biden announced that the U.S. is on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in the country by the end of May, two months ahead of schedule. In the days and weeks ahead, hoteliers who sign the pledge will provide time, reduce barriers and consider incentives to encourage their employees to get vaccinated when they are available in their community, according to AAHOA. Additionally, hoteliers will continue to encourage COVID-19 safety precautions including mask wearing and social distancing.

“Our industry is resilient, and I have great optimism that we will not only overcome this pandemic this year but we will also get our economy back on track. Hotel owners are ready and willing to continue doing their part to help protect their workers, their guests, and their communities,” said AAHOA Chairman Biran Patel.

AAHOA is working closely with the White House’s COVID-19 Response Team and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to promote the importance of vaccinating workers as a critical component of both public health and economic recovery.

AAHOA is asking its members to sign the pledge with the goal of educating more than 50,000 hospitality workers about the importance of getting vaccinated and making a plan to do so when possible.

“Vaccinations will help protect hotel associates and guests," Staton said. "After a year of quarantines, lockdowns and social distancing, I’m confident that they will also serve as a catalyst for travelers to feel comfortable visiting our hotels again.”