Presidential Staffer Promotes Vaccination Campaign for Persons with Disabilities
The Indonesian Government is committed to ensuring the availability of COVID-19 vaccines for persons with disabilities throughout the country, Special Staffer to the President Angkie Yudistia said.
“We want persons with disabilities to have good immunity, especially during this pandemic,” Angkie said in a virtual joint press statement entitled #DisabilitasBisaVaksin, a vaccination campaign for persons with disabilities, Monday (02/08).
Persons with disabilities, according to Angkie, have to exert more effort to survive the pandemic. They are prone to being exposed to COVID-19. They are also facing challenges in the ability to access information and communicate during the pandemic.
According to her, coordination with all stakeholders including the Central Government and regional governments took place to ensure the availability of vaccines for persons with disabilities.
“This is also inseparable from the mandate of Law Number 8 of 2016 on Persons with Disabilities. Persons with disabilities have the same rights as citizens, including getting vaccine jabs to increase their immunity against the virus,” she said.
The campaign was initiated to create collaborations with various elements. This move is expected to create synergy in efforts to provide vaccines for persons with disabilities in Indonesia.
“We thank Ministry of Health for trusting us in carrying out cross-sectoral communication on vaccines for persons with disabilities,” she added.
The Government has received 450,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine from the United Arab Emirates. Angkie said that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had requested that the vaccine be allocated for persons with disabilities in COVID-19 high-risk regions.
“Currently, there are 225,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine that can be distributed to six regions by Ministry of Health,” she said.
Regarding recipient data and data validation for the vaccination, her party continues to coordinate with Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs. In addition, 98 communities for persons with disabilities were also involved in supporting this vaccination drive.
“Hopefully, it’s right on target, especially for persons with disabilities in the six red zones,” she said.
The vaccine allocations for the six provinces are18,166 doses for Banten, 60,824 doses for West Java, 69,840 doses for Central Java, 11,225 doses for Special Region of Yogyakarta, 53,642 doses for East Java, and 11,304 doses for Bali.
The vaccination drive is expected to be carried out from August to October. “We hope that within three months, the first dose of vaccine can be injected to the recipients. Of course, in three months, dose one and dose two,” she said.
Angkie also expressed hope that persons with disabilities and their families can obtain the information and participate in the vaccination which will be carried out by regional governments. (TGH/UN) (FI/MMB)