President Is Reviewing Booster Vaccine As Travel Rules


Previously, the government required booster vaccines as a mandatory for entering public facilities. This time, they are reviewing the rules regarding the use of booster vaccines for travel rules. This regulation is motivated by the low booster vaccination achievement in Indonesia.

Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto said that this application (travel rules) was motivated by the achievement of a booster vaccination. Data from the Ministry of Health shows that booster vaccination has only reached 24.5 percent of the target. Because of this achievement, in a meeting with ministers earlier this week, Jokowi asked that the application of these conditions be reviewed.

“Obviously, this third dose will be required for various activities that involve many people and also for various trips,” said Airlangga at a press conference at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Monday (4/7).

On the same occasion, Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin said Jokowi wanted to apply a booster vaccine requirement to enter crowded places.

The option is being studied because the booster vaccination rate is still low. In addition, the strategy of making vaccination a condition of travel and admission to the mall has succeeded in increasing the second dose of vaccination.

“Just like in the past, it was very difficult for parents to get vaccinated, but as soon as they entered the mall they had to be vaccinated, parents wanted everything. Why? Because parents like to take their grandchildren to the mall,” said Budi.

Previously, President Joko Widodo revealed that the government had difficulty increasing the number of booster vaccinations. He said the government had difficulty finding people who wanted to participate in the third dose of vaccination.

He conveyed this when Covid-19 cases began to increase due to the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants. Jokowi hopes that the public will immediately follow the booster vaccination.

“Right now, it is difficult to do a booster looking for participants,” said Jokowi in Sentul, Bogor, Friday (17/6).

Furthermore, Budi encouraged the public to continue to implement health protocols, especially the use of masks. Budi also invites the public to immediately follow the third dose of vaccination.

“God willing, this is a sufficient response to deal with Eid al-Adha normally, because just like Eid al-Fitr, we can pass it normally,” he said.

Previously, the Coordinator of the Expert Team and Government Spokesperson for Handling Covid-19, Wiku Adisasmito stated that for now booster vaccines have become a mandatory requirement for large-scale community activities. Later it will be followed for entry requirements to public facilities.

“Currently, large-scale community activities require booster vaccines for participants. In the future, it will also be a requirement to be able to enter public facilities,” explained Wiku, quoted from the BNPB Indonesia Youtube channel, Friday (1/7/2022).