WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) has sent a proposal to the Biden-Harris administration asking that they select hotels as COVID-19 vaccination sites.
In a letter to the newly inaugurated administration, AHLA president and CEO Chip Rogers said the hotel industry has the “existing infrastructure and operational capabilities” to take on the task.
“The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) under its ‘Hospitality for Hope’ initiative has the infrastructure in place to support public health agencies and private sector partners through a network of more than 20,000 hotels, which could be quickly ready to serve as locations to administer the COVID-19 vaccine,” Rogers stated in his letter. “Through this program, the hotel industry has already successfully partnered with federal and local governments to provide assistance to those in need, including frontline and emergency workers as well as state and municipal public health departments.”
According to Rogers, a factor supporting AHLA’s request is the existence of more than 50,000 hotels in each U.S. state, with most easily accessible by the majority of the population.
Rogers also noted hotels’ ability to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Further, as hotels are currently running at less than 50 percent occupancy rates, families or individuals who might be traveling to receive the vaccine will have access to comfortable and flexible lodging options should they need,” he wrote.
Rogers also highlighted the enhanced cleanliness protocols and procedures implemented by the hotel industry, as well as ample spaces available to set up vaccination sites and refrigeration capabilities to store doses.