Self-paid COVID-19 vaccination to be available in Indonesia?

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President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) spoke of the government yet examining a mechanism for implementing self-paid COVID-19 vaccination in a bid to expedite the realization of population immunity.

The head of state highlighted the need for the self-paid or self-funded COVID-19 vaccination mechanism to be well-prepared.

The government has begun implementing the COVID-19 vaccination program and is currently attempting to expedite it in order to control the transmission of the coronavirus disease.

Jokowi pointed out that the country had some 30 thousand vaccinators, around 10 thousand ‘puskesmas’ or community health centers, and three thousand hospitals to implement the program.

If one vaccination officer can inoculate 30 people daily, then in a day, nearly one million people can be vaccinated, he remarked. The government plans to vaccinate 181.5 million people to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.

In Jakarta, home to 25 percent of overall coronavirus cases in the country, around 60,000 medical workers will be vaccinated in the first round of the campaign. The capital city has approximately 131,000 medical worker.

The first batch of vaccinations is being conducted from January to April 2021, with the target of 1.3 million health workers in 34 provinces, 17.4 million public officials, and 21.5 million elderly citizens.

The second batch of vaccinations will be conducted from April 2021 to March 2022, with a target of 63.9 million people in areas with high risk of transmission and 77.4 million other community members by applying a cluster approach and based on vaccine availability. The government has confirmed orders for 329.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines from several vaccine manufacturers, including the Chinese pharmaceutical company, Sinovac; US-Canadian vaccine manufacturer Novavax; British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca; and the German and US pharmaceutical company Pfizer BioNTech.