Ministry Sets Four Mechanisms of COVID-19 Vaccination for Public Workers
The Government, on Wednesday (17/2), has officially kicked off COVID-19 vaccination batch two by rolling out vaccines to market traders at Tanah Abang Market, Jakarta.
Besides market traders, the second batch of COVID-19 vaccination also targeted other public workers whose profession allowed them to meet many people on daily basis and are vulnerable to the virus transmission such as teachers, people working on tourism sector, public service officers, public transport officers, athletes, reporters, religious figures, legislative members, government officials, state civil apparatus, and personnel of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) and the Indonesian National Police (Polri).
Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin explained that the vaccination batch two for public workers will be carried out in four mechanisms; they receive the vaccines at healthcare facilities, vaccinators roll out the vaccines at public workers’ workplaces, vaccinators roll out the vaccines at places where many people gathered such as markets, and hold a mass vaccination.
“The vaccination mechanism will depend on their types of job and how they handle the public on daily basis,” Budi said adding that vaccination at Tanah Abang Market is a pilot project which will be adopted to 153 markets in Greater Jakarta areas.
In the implementation of vaccination at Tanah Abang Market, there is a minor issue regarding registration of the vaccine recipients. Therefore, the Ministry is open to constructive inputs and feedback from the public.
“Their inputs and feedbacks will be evaluated for the next COVID-19 vaccination,” he stated.
For the record, vaccination at Tanah Abang Market is carried out in two groups. The first one is 9,729 people in the market’s Blocks A, B, F, and G, from 17 to 21 February 2021. The second group is 2,267 people in five Tanah Abang Market’s surrounding areas, from 22 to 24 February 2021.
Based on the Government’s initial record, approximately 55 thousands market traders in Greater Jakarta area will be vaccinated. The figure is expected to increase in the future.
On that occasion, the Minister also called on all traders to be vaccinated in order to protect themselves and people around them. (MINISTER OF HEALTH PR/UN) (RAS/LW)