Dialogue Between President of the Republic of Indonesia with Participants of COVID-19 Vaccination for Junior High School-Senior High School Students and Door-to-Door COVID-19 Vaccination, 14 July 2021, Merdeka Palace, Jakarta Province

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Date 14 Juli 2021
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President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

Distinguished Head of the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) and heads of regional offices of the BIN in 14 provinces that organize vaccination for senior high school and junior high school students.

First and foremost, I would like to greet the students.

Good morning.

Student of Senior High School and Junior High School

Good morning.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

First, I would like to thank and express appreciation for participants from (a number of ) junior high schools and senior high schools who join this morning’s vaccination. Today we will provide vaccination for 49,000 people, including 15,000 junior high school students, 15,000 senior high school students, and 19,000 participants of door to door vaccination program.

Let me reiterate that once all students are vaccinated, teachers and school officials should also be fully vaccinated. We want to ramp up vaccination to achieve herd immunity and to contain COVID-19 pandemic. I have talked via video calls to Arya and Risel who have got their jabs. I asked them: did the vaccine shot hurt? They said it did not hurt. Hence, you do not need to worry about it.

If you have something to say, I would like to hear from you.

Vania Havitaskia (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Wa’alaikumsalam.

Vania Havitaskia (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

I’m Vania Havitaskia.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Vania?

Vania Havitaskia (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

Yes.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Are you a junior high school student?

Vania Havitaskia (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

I’m from Junior High School 103 Jakarta.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Have you got your vaccine shot, Vania?

Vania Havitaskia (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

Yes I have.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Did the vaccine shot hurt?

Vania Havitaskia (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

No, sir. It didn’t hurt.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Are you sure?

Vania Havitaskia (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

Yes.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

During the pandemic, you take part in online learning. Do you prefer online learning or face-to-face learning?

Vania Havitaskia (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

I prefer online learning, sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Why?

Vania Havitaskia (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

When I join an online school, I can explore various ways of learning. During face-to-face learning, the teacher usually gives book-based assignments. Through online learning, we can learn through various forms.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

But you cannot meet your friends, right?

 Vania Havitaskia (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

Yes. Today is the first time I meet my friends again after a while.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

After a year?

Vania Havitaskia (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

Yes.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Keep maintaining safe distance and avoid crowds.

Vania Havitaskia (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

Yes, sir

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Good luck with your study.

 Vania Havitaskia (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

Yes, sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Thank you, Vania.

Vania Havitaskia (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

You are welcome, sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Assalamualaikum.

Vania Havitaskia (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

Wa’alaikumsalam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

Aqsa Ayula Riski Ananda (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Wa’alaikumsalam.

Aqsa Ayula Riski Ananda (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

I’m Aqsa Ayula Riski Ananda from Junior High School 103 Jakarta.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

And your nickname…

Aqsa Ayula Riski Ananda (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

It’s Aqsa.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Aqsa, where do you go to school?

Aqsa Ayula Riski Ananda (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

Junior High School 103 Jakarta, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

In Cijantung?

Aqsa Ayula Riski Ananda (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

Yes, sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Have you got your vaccine shot?

Aqsa Ayula Riski Ananda (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

Yes, I have, sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Did the vaccine shot hurt?

Aqsa Ayula Riski Ananda (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

No, sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

When will you get your second jab?

Aqsa Ayula Riski Ananda (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

11 August 2021.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

11 August.

Aqsa, what is your favorite subject at school?

Aqsa Ayula Riski Ananda (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

Math and science, sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Math and science. Why?

Aqsa Ayula Riski Ananda (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

I just love them, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Do you prefer online learning or face-to-face learning?

Aqsa Ayula Riski Ananda (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

I like face-to-face learning, Sir, because it’s easier for me.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Is it easier for you to understand the lesson through face-to-face learning?

Aqsa Ayula Riski Ananda (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

Yes, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

When face-to-face learning is allowed, keep wearing a face masks, maintain a safe distance, and avoid crowds. We have to start maintaining our self-discipline because the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t ended yet. Thank you, Aqsa.

Aqsa Ayula Riski Ananda (Student of Junior High School 103 Jakarta)

Yes, Sir. Thank you, sir.

Principal of Junior High School 103 Jakarta (Sudarto)

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

I am Sudarto, principal of Junior High School 103 Jakarta.

I would like to inform you that Junior High School 103 has 1,028 students, Sir. Today we provide vaccine for 200 students. We’d like to thank BIN (State Intelligence Agency) and the Government for organizing the vaccination.

Wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Have the teachers been vaccinated?

Principal of Junior High School 103 Jakarta (Sudarto)

Most of them have been vaccinated, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

What is the vaccination rate for the teachers?

Principal of Junior High School 103 Jakarta (Sudarto)

Students who live in the Special Force Command (Kopassus) Dormitory have been vaccinated, so there are more and more students of Junior High School Negeri 103 Jakarta who have been vaccinated.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

The teachers must also get vaccinated.

Principal of Junior High School 103 Jakarta (Sudarto)

Most teachers have been vaccinated, Sir, except for some who have comorbidities, such as diabetes.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Thank you, Sir

Principal of Junior High School 103 Jakarta (Sudarto)

You are welcome, Sir.

Kristanti Anita Zega (Student of Senior High School 39 Jakarta)

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Wa’alaikumsalam.

Kristanti Anita Zega (Student of Senior High School 39 Jakarta)

Good morning,

May prosperity be upon us,

Your excellency President of the Republic of Indonesia Haji Joko Widodo.

My name is Kristanti Anita Zega from Senior High School 39 Jakarta. Thank you for the opportunity to have talk to you.

I have a question, Sir. What is the impact of the activity restrictions (PPKM) to the current increase in COVID-19 cases, Sir?

Thank you, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

What is your nickname again?

Kristanti Anita Zega (Student of Senior High School 39 Jakarta)

I’m Kristanti Anita Zega. You can call me Kris.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Are you from Senior High School 39?

Kristanti Anita Zega (Student of Senior High School 39 Jakarta)

Yes, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Have you got your vaccine shot?

Kristanti Anita Zega (Student of Senior High School 39 Jakarta)

Yes I have.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Did the vaccine shot hurt?

Kristanti Anita Zega (Student of Senior High School 39 Jakarta)

No, sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

We impose the PPKM to restrict community activities and reduce interaction and contact among the people to avoid COVID-19 transmission. The PPKM aims to reduce mobility, contact, and human interaction to control the spread of COVID-19.

Theoretically, when the mobility decreases and the interaction between people decreases, the spread will also certainly decrease. Several countries have imposed lockdown, some have imposed strict restrictions, and some have imposed micro-scale PPKM.

The essence of lockdown or PPKM is to reduce mobility and reduce interaction between people. That is my answer, Kris. Good luck with your study. Please send my regards to your teachers and your parents.

Kristanti Anita Zega (Student of Senior High School 39 Jakarta)

Thank you, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

A student from Papua, please.

Jasmine Iriani Kopew (Student of Senior High School 1 Sentani)

I’m Jasmine Iriani Kopew.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Your nickname is…

Jasmine Iriani Kopew (Student of Senior High School 1 Sentani)

Jasmine, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Jasmine is from Senior High School 1 Sentani.

Jasmine Iriani Kopew (Student of Senior High School 1 Sentani)

Yes, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Have you got your vaccine shot?

Jasmine Iriani Kopew (Student of Senior High School 1 Sentani)

Yes I have.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

How many people are vaccinated at Senior High School 1 Sentani today?

Jasmine Iriani Kopew (Student of Senior High School 1 Sentani)

Six hundred students, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Six hundred students. All right. Did the vaccine shot hurt?

Jasmine Iriani Kopew (Student of Senior High School 1 Sentani)

No, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

During the pandemic, do you take part in online learning or face-to-face learning?

Jasmine Iriani Kopew (Student of Senior High School 1 Sentani)

Online learning, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Online?

Jasmine Iriani Kopew (Student of Senior High School 1 Sentani)

Yes.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Do you prefer online learning or face-to-face learning?

Jasmine Iriani Kopew (Student of Senior High School 1 Sentani)

I prefer face-to-face learning, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Why?

Jasmine Iriani Kopew (Student of Senior High School 1 Sentani)

Because I can meet my friends and my teachers.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Once the face-to-face learning is possible, do wear a face mask even though you have been vaccinated, keep your distance, and avoid crowds to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

Keep your spirits high during online learning and during the upcoming face-to-face learning.

Thank you.

Jasmine Iriani Kopew (Student of Senior High School 1 Sentani)

Yes Sir, thank you.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Thank you, Jasmine.

Jasmine Iriani Kopew (Student of Senior High School 1 Sentani)

Thank you, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Ladies and gentlemen, now I would like to hear about door to door vaccination.

Deputy for Intelligence of the State Intelligence Agency (Major General Agoes Joesni)

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Wa’alaikumsalam.

Deputy for Intelligence of the State Intelligence Agency (Major General Agoes Joesni)

Your Excellency Mr. President, I am Major General Agoes Joesni, Deputy Head of BIN, accompanied by Head of neighborhood unit (RT) 06, community unit (RW) 07, Cijantung sub-district, Pasar Rebo district.

Medical intelligence team of the BIN is conducting door to door vaccination. In neighborhood unit 06 there are 400 residents, 200 people have got vaccinated. We will provide vaccination to another 200 who have not been vaccinated. Now I am in front of Mrs. Lia’s house. She is going to get vaccinated and her neighbors want to get vaccinated, too.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

The door to door program is good. We visit houses to find the people who want to get vaccinated. I think the door-to-door program is very good. Let me also thank head of the neighborhood unit who encourage community members to participate in the vaccination. Thank you, Sir.

Suprapti (Participant of Door-to-door Vaccination)

I’m Suprapti, a housewife. I am 49 years old.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Have you got your vaccine shot?

Suprapti (Participant unita Door-to-door Vaccination)

Yes, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Did the vaccine shot hurt?

Suprapti (Participant of Door-to-door Vaccination)

No.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Do you want to say something?

Suprapti (Participant of Door-to-door Vaccination)

Thank you for the vaccination, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

I hope you and your family stay healthy.

Suprapti (Participant of Door-to-door Vaccination)

Amen.

Deputy for Intelligence of the State Intelligence Agency (Major General Agoes Joesni)

We are pleased to report that the purpose of the door-to-door vaccination is to provide opportunities for people who want to get vaccinated but have difficulties due to bureaucracy or the distance of vaccination site.

That is the aim of the program. On this occasion, we also provide staple food and vitamins for community members. In addition, we are also collecting data on people who have comorbidities. In neighborhood unit 06, it turns out that several community members have hypertension and diabetes, preventing them from being vaccinated.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Thank you.

Where is head of neighborhood unit?

Head of neighborhood unit, Cijantung Sub-district, Pasar Rebo District, East Jakarta, Jakarta

I would like to thank Mr. President and the BIN for the vaccination held at neighborhood unit 06/community unit 07 Cijantung. I hope it can reduce the transmission of the virus and the pandemic will end as soon as possible. Thank you.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

How many people are vaccinated in one neighborhood unit?

Head of neighborhood unit, Cijantung Sub-district, Pasar Rebo District, East Jakarta, Jakarta

Today we have 40 recipients,and we will continue the vaccination. Around 200 people have been vaccinated and some others have not been vaccinated due to comorbidities, including diabetes and high blood pressure.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Thank you. Please encourage as many community members as possible to get vaccinated. Thank you.

Head of neighborhood unit, Cijantung Sub-district, Pasar Rebo District, East Jakarta, Jakarta

Yes, sir. Our target is 1,000 recipients per day in 15 neighborhood units in community unit 07.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

All right. Thank you.

Head of neighborhood unit, Cijantung Sub-district, Pasar Rebo District, East Jakarta, Jakarta

You are welcome.

Deputy for Intelligence of the State Intelligence Agency (Major General Agoes Joesni)

Thank you, sir.

Wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Head of the State Intelligence Agency (Budi Gunawan)

Excuse me, sir, one participant from Riau Islands would like to talk to you.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

All right. Riau Islands

Ayu Lestari (Student of Senior High School 1 Tanjungpinang)

Assalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Wa’alaikumsalam.

Ayu Lestari (Student of Senior High School 1 Tanjungpinang)

I’m Ayu Lestari from Senior High School 1 Tanjungpinang.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Your nickname?

Ayu Lestari (Student of Senior High School 1 Tanjungpinang)

Ayu, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Ayu?

Ayu Lestari (Student of Senior High School 1 Tanjungpinang)

Yes, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Junior High School?

Ayu Lestari (Student of Senior High School 1 Tanjungpinang)

Senior High School, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Oh, Senior High School 1 Tanjungpinang.

Ayu Lestari (Student of Senior High School 1 Tanjungpinang)

Yes, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

All right.

Ayu Lestari (Student of Senior High School 1 Tanjungpinang)

Let me ask you a question, sir. Once the vaccination program for students is finished, is there any possibility for face-to-face learning? We really miss studying at school, sir. Sometimes online learning is hampered by unstable connection, sir. Thank you, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Have you got your vaccine shot?

Ayu Lestari (Student of Senior High School 1 Tanjungpinang)

Not yet, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

When will you get vaccinated?

Ayu Lestari (Student of Senior High School 1 Tanjungpinang)

This afternoon, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

This afternoon?

Ayu Lestari (Student of Senior High School 1 Tanjungpinang)

Yes, Sir.

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Today we are still combatting the pandemic and the pandemic is not over yet. Previously we planned to allow face-to-face learning on a limited basis in July. However, the recent psike in the number of COVID-19 cases has made us suspend the plan.

I am aware that students want to go back to school and meet friends and teachers. But we all have to be careful because COVID-19 is still spreading, not only in our country, but also in other countries around the globe, so we cannot allow face-to-face learning yet.

Once the COVID-19 has been contained, we will allow face-to-face learning in all schools in the country. The most important thing is that Ayu and other students must keep your spirits high in your studying. If you have something to ask during online learning, ask your teachers.

Please send my regards to your teachers at Senior High School 1 Tanjungpinang and your parents

Thank you, Ayu.

Ayu Lestari (Student of Senior High School 1 Tanjungpinang)

Thank you very much, Sir.

Head of the State Intelligence Agency (Budi Gunawan)

Your excellency Mr. President,

We would like to thank you for attending this event through video conference to meet with junior high school and senior high achool students and door-to-door vaccination participants in fourteen provinces. It encourages us to continue to strive to achieve the target of herd immunity by the end of 2021.

The Indonesian people have positive and strong energy to stay healthy and to achieve a great Indonesia. We all believe that we can make it happen. We all pray that all of our efforts and endeavors will be blessed by Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, so that the Indonesian people will soon be able to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

And I hope that the national economic recovery and national development programs can be immediately achieved to bring the welfare to the people in order to make Indonesia a prosperous country with blessings from God (Baldatun Thayyibatun wa Rabbun Ghafur)

That concludes my remarks. I thank you.

Wassalamu’alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh,

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Thank you everyone, good luck with your study. I wish you good health. Thank you. (RI/EP)

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