OYO, the hospitality company, will make the self-reported COVID vaccination status of all the employees of its partner hotels available on its app. The move is expected to help increase the trust and confidence of the consumers and travellers in the brand.
According to a survey, once the situation improves, guests and travellers will prefer to stay in hotels where the staff have been inoculated. Aptly named ‘VaccinAid’, it is hoped that this initiative will help the travel and tourism sector recover. This will also encourage the employees directly employed by OYO and by the partner establishments to get inoculated without delay.
The details of whether the staff have received their first or second dose of the COVID vaccine will be visible on the app for users to view. This will help travellers who are worried about their safety to decide on a facility or property which has immunised staff. Those afraid to venture out may even be encouraged to do so if such details can convince them that they would be staying amongst inoculated staff.
In April, OYO had announced the launch of a feature on its app, which would allow users to book their quarantine stay, extending a facility the firm had provided in collaboration with various hospitals, ministries and government authorities last year. In 2020, it had offered quarantine facilities to stranded tourists, frontline workers, as well as members of the medical community and asymptomatic patients.
Presently, OYO platform offers more than one lakh small hotels and home-stay facilities across 800 cities in 80 countries.