Vaccination for Senior Citizens Focused on Jakarta, Provincial Capitals
COVID-19 vaccination has entered the second stage, targeting senior citizens aged 60 and above as well as public service workers.
Vaccination for seniors will begin in the provincial capital of all provinces in Indonesia with the islands of Java and Bali becoming a priority.
COVID-19 vaccination spokesperson Siti Nadia Tarmizi stated that thus far, seven million vaccines are ready to distribute and will immediately arrive in 34 provinces.
As this vaccination will be focused on the provinces in Java and Bali islands, she added, the vaccines will be distributed in proportion with Java and Bali receiving approximately 70 percent of the vaccines available.
The vaccination will be prioritized for senior citizens in Special Capital Region of Jakarta and capital cities of the other 33 provinces, she added.
“So, besides all municipalities in Special Capital Region of Jakarta, vaccinations will be held in the provincial capital of 33 provinces, such as Bandung city in West Java province, Denpasar city in Bali province, Medan city in North Sumatra province, Makassar city in South Sulawesi province, and so on,” she said at a press release aired on the YouTube channel of Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Republic of Indonesia (19/02/2021).
Siti added that COVID-19 vaccinations are focused on Java and Bali islands given the high number of senior citizens in those provinces, which are regions that have seen a high COVID-19 transmission rate.
Fundamentally, all seniors will be vaccinated, but for the first stage, due to the limited vaccines, only a number of seniors will be vaccinated, she added.
Siti further said that there are two options for registration and vaccination for seniors and the first option is to get vaccinated at public health facilities, namely community health centers as well as government and private hospitals.
“Participants can register by logon on to the website of Ministry of Health, which is www.kemkes.go.id and the website of COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee on covid19.go.id,” said Nadia.
Both websites provide a vaccination form for senior citizens to fill.
As for the second option, seniors can choose mass vaccination held by organizations or institutions such as retired civil servant organizations / Veterans Association / Veterans’ Legion of Indonesia, religious organizations, or public organizations that cooperate with Ministry of Health or health agencies. (PR of MoH/UN) (DH/EP)