Dialogue between President of the Republic of Indonesia and Educational Institutions holding Mass COVID-19 Vaccination (via video conference), on 19 August 2021, from Madiun Regency, East Java Province

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Date 19 Agustus 2021
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President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

May prosperity be upon us all.

I see here participants from state senior high school SMA 1 in Medan, North Sumatra; Arifah Islamic Boarding School in Gowa, South Sulawesi; state senior high school SMAN 1 in Batang Anai, West Sumatra; Aliyah Public Islamic Boarding School in Bontang, East Kalimantan; Public state junior high school SMPN 11 in Depok, West Java; state junior high school SMPN 1) in Semarang; Pandanaran Islamic Boarding School, in Sleman, Yogyakarta; state senior high school SMAN 5 in Pekanbaru, Riau; and Al Mubarok Islamic Boarding School in Serang, Banten. Good morning, all participants.

Participants from North Sumatra, you now have the floor. Are you ready?

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of North Sumatra Province (Asep Jauhari)

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Good morning Mr. President, I am Brigadier General of the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) Asep Jauhari, Chief of the State Intelligence Agency for North Sumatra Province, together with Headmaster of SMAN 1 and student representatives, would like to extend our greetings: “healthy Indonesia! great Indonesia!”

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

How many people to get vaccinated, Chief?

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of North Sumatra Province (Asep Jauhari)

Five thousand people for today, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Five thousand?

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of North Sumatra Province (Asep Jauhari)

Yes, indeed.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

In how many places?

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of North Sumatra Province (Asep Jauhari)

Allow me to report, Sir. Today, there are three places that provide vaccine services, the first one is for students at SMAN 1; and the second and third ones are door-to-door services in two districts, namely Medan Helvetia district and Medan Tuntungan district.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

OK, alright. So, door-to-door service is also provided there, correct?

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of North Sumatra Province (Asep Jauhari)

Yes, indeed, Sir, we also provide door-to-door service here.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

OK, alright, thank you.

Now, let us hear from West Sumatra, at SMAN 1 Batang Anai.

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of West Sumatra Province (Suwondo R. Baskoro)

Allow me to report, Mr. President of the Republic of Indonesia Ir. Joko Widodo. Today, from SMAN 1 Batang Anai, we would like to report that 5,000 people are going to get vaccinated.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Five thousand?

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of West Sumatra Province (Suwondo R. Baskoro)

Yes indeed, Mr. President. At the first stage, vaccination will be done at SMAN 1 Batang Anai for a number of high school students in Padang Pariaman regency. Allow me to report, Mr. President, I am here with Mr. Governor, Mr. Mahyeldi, We are pleased to hear any suggestion and directive. Mr. Governor probably will provide some information. Please receive heartfelt greetings from all of us in Padang Pariaman, West Sumatra.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Yes, please Mr. Governor. How many people have been vaccinated in West Sumatra?

Governor of West Sumatra (Mahyeldi)

Approximately 650,000 people, Mr. President

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Oh, alhamdulillah, that is a large number.

Governor of West Sumatra (Mahyeldi)

We received 1,500,000 doses of vaccine and we have used 1,300,000 doses of vaccine, and the rest 200,000 doses of vaccine, insya Allah, will be used in the next few days. Insya Allah, tomorrow and in the next day we will receive another batch of vaccine. I would like to thank Mr. President for the assistance given to us. Insya Allah, at the moment, more than 15 percent of all West Sumatra residents have been vaccinated.

Additionally, we would like to report that our recovery rate today is significantly increasing more than the positivity rate. Previously, Padang was at the Level 4, so hopefully in this week, the condition will be better, Mr.  President.

Thank you, Mr. President.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Thank you, Mr.Governor.

So, the vaccine stock in West Sumatra and also in all provinces must be used immediately. We will send more because more vaccine stock will arrive. I also promised Mr.Governor of West Sumatra, after the stock is empty, we will send more. All provinces are treated the same way. Thank you, Mr. Governor. May health be upon you all.

Governor of West Sumatra (Mahyeldi)

Alhamdulillah, we are in good health, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Next please, participants from Riau at SMAN 5 Riau, Pekanbaru.

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of Riau Province (Amino Setia Budi)

Yes, Sir.

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Good morning, honorable Mr. President of the Republic of Indonesia,

Allow me to report, Sir. I am Brigadier General of the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) Amino as Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of Riau Province together with the Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda), Headmaster of SMAN 5, Riau Province, together with a student of SMPN 13, Pekanbaru, Riau and a student of SMAN 5, Pekanbaru. They both are Student Council (OSIS) Presidents.

Allow me to report, Sir, but before, we have 50 students from all over Riau at the moment who would like to extend greetings. They have been fully vaccinated. Allow us to extend our greetings to you.

Healthy Indonesia, great Indonesia, resilient Indonesia, growing Indonesia.

Mr. President …

Mr. Jokowi …

That is our greetings to Mr. President, good morning from all students from all over Riau Province. We still remember in 2018, you were here with us upon receiving title from Malay cultural institution.

Allow me to report, Sir. Riau Province, one of 34 Indonesian provinces where 34 Regional State Intelligence Agencies carry out your order and follow your directive, has conducted mass vaccination and door-to-door mass vaccination for students at Islamic Boarding School Al-Kautsar. Yesterday, 5,000 students got vaccinated. The santris sent their best regards to you. Previously, in 2018, you paid a visit to the school. Now, the school has a great building, but before it was just a vacant land.

Moreover, we would like to report that Riau Province has 12 cities/regencies, including four outermost islands, namely Rupat Island, Rangsang Island, Jemur Island, and Meranti Island. Regional State Intelligence Agency of Riau Province is targeting to get 5,000 people vaccinated per day from 50,000 people targeted by all Regional State Intelligence Agencies nationwide.

We also have to report that the State Intelligence Agency is monitoring public mobility. Since Riau was ranked 5th nationally, and our intelligence personnel and joint intelligence unit personnel are limited, then we created a system. Central Java has a system called Jogo Tonggo (Protect Your Neighbors). Meanwhile in Riau, Sumatra, we have a system called Jago Sodaro (Protect Your Relatives). So, if someone does not follow instructions or gets infected, the neighbors or relatives shall warn him/her.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Alright, good.

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of Riau Province (Amino Setia Budi)

Thank you, Sir. Intelligence and security personnel cannot do that all the time. We hope that all state apparatus can cooperate together, and we will win.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Thank you.

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of Riau Province (Amino Setia Budi)

Yes, Sir. Now, Headmaster of SMAN 5 would like to deliver her report. The floor is yours, Ibu.

Headmaster of SMAN 5 Pekanbaru (Elmi Gurita)

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Wa’alaikumsalam.

Headmaster of SMAN 5 Pekanbaru (Elmi Gurita)

Good morning, Sir. President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo). Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Elmi Gurita. I am Headmaster of SMAN 5, Pekanbaru. We would like to thank Mr. President and the State Intelligence Agency that have facilitated mass vaccination for our students. Hopefully, our students will not be easily infected by Corona virus.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Is offline learning already applied there?

Headmaster of SMAN 5 Pekanbaru (Elmi Gurita)

Not yet, Sir. We miss our students actually, Sir. We want to apply offline learning immediately. Hopefully, after they get vaccinated, we can conduct offline learning with the students in healthy condition.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Indeed, all of the students should get vaccinated, so offline learning can be applied immediately.

Headmaster of SMAN 5 Pekanbaru (Elmi Gurita)

Indeed. Also, we always pray for you. May you be bestowed with abundant health and blessings, and could perform duties with ease. Hopefully, our country be free from Corona Virus, Sir. Well, I conclude my report here.

Wabillahi taufik wal hidayah.

Wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Thank you.

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of Riau Province (Amino Setia Budi)

If you do not mind, Sir, I now call upon Student Council President of SMAN 5 to say a few words. The floor is yours.

Student at SMAN 5, Pekanbaru (Teuku Baihaqi)

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Good morning, Honorable President Jokowi.

First of all, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Teuku Baihaqi. I study at SMAN 5, Pekanbaru, Riau Province.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

What grade are you in, Teuku?

Student at SMAN 5, Pekanbaru (Teuku Baihaqi)

I am in the third grade, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Third grade. Alright. Have you got vaccinated?

Student at SMAN 5, Pekanbaru (Teuku Baihaqi)

Yes, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Have you got the first dose or the second dose?

Student at SMAN 5, Pekanbaru (Teuku Baihaqi)

The first dose, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

The first dose, OK. You may have the floor.

Student at SMAN 5, Pekanbaru (Teuku Baihaqi)

First of all, I would like to thank President Jokowi and the State Intelligence Agency that have facilitated mass vaccination at SMAN 5, Pekanbaru, for all students and santris in Riau Province. In my opinion, this vaccination gives us the students of Riau Province a new hope, especially for me, the Student Council President of SMAN 5, Pekanbaru. It is because since pandemic outbreak, we have encountered hindrances to carry out our programs offline. We are aware that the student council is an organization where we can learn perspectives on the nation at school. I hope that Corona virus can be eliminated and we can go to school for offline learning, Sir.

Thank you for this opportunity, Sir.  Wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

We all hope that the students can do offline learning immediately, as the headmaster said. However, we need to be careful and prevent the students from getting COVID-19 whenever offline learning starts. We should not let this happen. Therefore, I remind you that wearing mask is a must, although we have been vaccinated. It is because COVID-19 constantly changes through mutation.

We thought that there was only one variant, but then suddenly Delta variant emerged and it is very contagious. Therefore, I remind the students to do online learning for this moment, and please wear mask whenever offline learning starts.

Alright, thank you all participants from Riau. Next, participants from East Kalimantan at Aliyah Public Islamic Boarding School in Bontang. You now have the floor.

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of East Kalimantan Province (Dani Koswara)

… Dani Koswara, Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of East Kalimantan Province. We are accompanied by Mayor of Bontang, Headmaster of Aliyah Public Islamic Boarding School, Bontang and student representatives of Aliyah Public Islamic Boarding School, Bontang. In this opportunity, before we deliver our report, allow us to extend our greeting. Healthy Indonesia, Great Indonesia.

I would like to report to Mr. President that we Regional State Intelligence Agency of East Kalimantan Province have facilitated vaccination for five regencies/cities and have distributed 11,000 doses of vaccine. At this moment, mass vaccination is conducted at Aliyah Public Islamic Boarding School for 2,000 people.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Two thousand?

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of East Kalimantan Province (Dani Koswara)

Indeed, 1,500 is targeted for students and 500 is targeted for local people with door-to door vaccination.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Door-to door vaccination is also applied there?

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of East Kalimantan Province (Dani Koswara)

Indeed, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Is offline learning already applied at that school?

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of East Kalimantan Province (Dani Koswara)

Not yet, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Not yet? Alright, insya Allah offline learning can start when vaccination is done. So, how long the students have not been able to study offline?

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of East Kalimantan Province (Dani Koswara)

Offline learning cannot be done for the moment. If you do not mind, the headmaster, Mayor, and student representatives are here and they would like to extend their wishes to you.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Yes, just one please. The mayor, the headmaster, or the student may have the floor.

Mayor of Bontang (Basri Rase)

Firstly, allow me to report, Mr. President, alhamdulillah, due to directives given by you, Bontang, which was previously at Level 4, now at Level 3. We have not done offline learning because some areas such as Samarinda, Kutai Kartanegara and East Kutai are still at Level 4.

Secondly, the students in Bontang did not get vaccinated until today owing to Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency who has facilitated vaccination for students. Hopefully, after the vaccination is done, we can conduct offline learning, as directed by Mr. President.

Thank you, Mr. President.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

How many doses of vaccine have been administered in Bontang?

Mayor of Bontang (Basri Rase)

Approximately, 40 thousand doses of vaccine, Mr. President.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Forty thousand. How many people are targeted?

Mayor of Bontang (Basri Rase)

One hundred thirty-five thousand people are targeted.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

One hundred thirty-five thousand people, but only 40 thousand get vaccinated. Any vaccine stock available?

Mayor of Bontang (Basri Rase)

The vaccine stock is all distributed immediately when they came.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

OK, alright, it is a correct action. When vaccine stock comes, please distribute it immediately, and we will send more later. Mr. Mayor, thank you.

The last participant is from Gowa, at Arifah Islamic Boarding School. You may have the floor. Thank you, Bontang.

Chief of Regional State Intelligence Agency of South Sulawesi Province (Dwi Surjadmodjo)

Thank you.

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Honorable Mr. President, we would like to report that vaccination has been carried out orderly and smoothly. It is targeted for santris and also locals by door-to-door vaccination in Gowa, South Sulawesi.

Regent of Gowa Regency (Adnan Purichta Ichsan)

Assalamu’alaikum honorable and beloved Mr. President.

Allow me to report that of all 765 thousand of people in Gowa regency, alhamdulillah, 21 percent have been vaccinated.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Oh, that is a large number.

Regent of Gowa Regency (Adnan Purichta Ichsan)

Approximately 160 thousand people have received vaccine, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Alright, that is a large number.

Regent of Gowa Regency (Adnan Purichta Ichsan)

Alhamdulillah, now the people are eager to get vaccinated because they are happy to see Mr. President. We hope that vaccine stock can be provided more in Gowa regency, so more people will get vaccinated. All students in Gowa regency and South Sulawesi province in general also hope that all students have been vaccinated, they want to do offline learning, Sir.

Hopefully, you are always healthy and continue to bring Indonesian people to a better condition in the future.

Thank you, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Mr. Regent, thank you.

So, whenever all students have been vaccinated, face-to-face learning is allowed because the Joint Ministerial Decree (SKB) concerning this issue has been signed by related three ministers.

Also, Mr. Regent, if another vaccine stock comes, please distribute it immediately, and then make a new request. In the next weeks, we will get more vaccine in a large number. So, please if another vaccine stock comes, please distribute it immediately, and then make a new request, so we will get herd immunity and protected from COVID-19. We hope so. Let us also continue to pray to Allah SWT, so COVID-19 can be eliminated from our country Indonesia. May health be upon us all. Thank you.

Wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

I thank you, thank you. (AW/MMB)

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