President Jokowi Shares His Experience after Receiving Second Jab of COVID-19 Vaccine

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 27 Januari 2021
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President Jokowi receives the second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine from Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the President Abdul Muthalib, at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (27/01). (Photo by: PR/Jay)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, on Wednesday (27/1), shared his experience after receiving the second jab of COVID-19 vaccine at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta.

“After the first injection of the COVID-19 vaccine on 13 January, two weeks ago, today, I received the second shot of the vaccine,”the President said after being vaccinated.

The President expressed similar experience to his first jab. “Just like what happened two weeks ago, I don’t feel a thing (during the vaccination). Previously, only some muscle aches after two hours, I think this time it will be the same. I still also can engage in my activities,” he said.

After waiting for 30 minutes in anticipation of Post Immunization Follow-up Events (KIPI), the President inaugurated Commissioner General Listyo Sigit Prabowo as Chief of the Indonesian National Police (Kapolri) at the State Palace to replace Gen. Idham Azis who is entering retirement next February.

For the record,the CoronaVac vaccine produced by China’s Sinovac Life Science Co. Ltd requires two injections of 0.5 milliliters each with an interval of 14 days. Previously, the President received the first injection on 13 January 2021.

Government Spokesperson for Vaccination Reisa Broto Asmoro stated that the first dose of vaccination aims to introduce the vaccine and its ingredients to the immune system. The first dose is taken to trigger an initial immune response. Meanwhile, the second dose aims to strengthen the immune response that has been formed previously.

“These two doses will trigger a more optimal and effective antibody response in the future,” she said, adding that the antibody would only be optimal 14-28 days after the second jab was carried out. (FID/UN) (FI/LW)

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