Gov’t to Kick Off COVID-19 Booster Shots for General Public
The Indonesian Government will start administering COVID-19 booster shots for the general public tomorrow, Wednesday (01/12).
A host of preparations and coordination have been made by the relevant ranks to ensure the smooth running of the vaccination drive.
“In accordance with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s directives this afternoon, the booster vaccination drive will start tomorrow on 12 January 2022. The vaccination program will be carried out free of charge for Indonesian aged 18 years and over and those fully vaccinated or received two shots at least six months ago,” Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin said virtually in a press statement, Tuesday (01/11).
The Minister went on to say that the booster shots will be prioritized for the elderly and vulnerable groups (immunocompromised people).
“The booster vaccination is vital for all Indonesian people. This vaccination is a manifestation of the Government’s commitment to protecting all Indonesian people from the threat of COVID-19 including its new variants,” he added.
The type of vaccine for the booster shots will be determined by health workers based on the history of the first and second shots and also the availability of vaccines on location.
In addition, based on a release from Ministry of Health, people who are part of the priority group can check their tickets and vaccination schedules on the PeduliLindungi website or application. The ticket can be used at the nearest health facility or vaccination center at the specified time.
The public can visit pedulilindungi.id and check the status and vaccination ticket by entering their full name and Single Identity Number (NIK), then click check.
On Pedulilindungi application, the public can follow these steps:
– Open the Pedulilindungi application
– Sign in with a registered account
– Click the “Profile menu” and select “Vaccination Status & COVID-19 Test Results”
– Booster vaccination status and schedule will appear in your account
– To check vaccination tickets, go to the menu “Vaccination History and Tickets”
“If you are part of the priority group but have not received a ticket and vaccination schedule in the PeduliLindungi app, you can come directly to the nearest health facility or vaccination site by showing your ID card (KTP) and proof of vaccination for the first and second doses,” Head of the Ministry’s Communications and Public Service Bureau Widyawati said in a written statement, Tuesday (01/11).
In order to avoid administrative issues, Widyawati also asked the public to ensure that the NIK and cell phone numbers used are correct.
“This is because vaccination is a requirement for public activities and it has been integrated into the PeduliLindungi app. Do make sure not to use other people’s NIK and cell phone numbers when registering for booster vaccinations to avoid administrative issues in the future,” Widyawati said. (DND/UN) (FI/MUR)