President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) confirmed that the government had readied five thousand doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be given to media crew members at the end of February 2021 until early March of 2021. The head of state highlighted the government’s current focus on vaccinating health workers for COVID-19 followed by the inoculation of community service officers.
The president admitted to the myriad challenges that media workers face during the COVID-19 pandemic, right from health risks to their welfare.
Widodo spoke of the government having prepared several incentives to placate the burden on the media industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, including an exemption from income tax payment (PPh 21) valid until June 2021 for media crew members.
President Jokowi has urged Finance Minister Sri Mulyani to oversee the realization of fiscal incentives for the media industry.