The Republic of Indonesia Government, through the Ministry of Health (Kemenkes), has given special rules for the implementation of the third stage of vaccination, or booster vaccines. Some of these regulations have been officially issued by the Ministry of Health.
According to the official website covid19.go.id, the Ministry of Health issued the latest Circular to update the Provisions for the Implementation of Booster Vaccines which have been in effect since January 27, 2022.
Quoted from the website, the Ministry of Health issued a statement, “Based on Circular No. SR.02.06/II/408/2022, the implementation of the Booster Dose Program Vaccination is carried out simultaneously in all districts/cities for the general public without waiting for the vaccination achievement target.”
The rules and requirements for recipients of the booster dose are still the same, namely by showing their NIK by bringing their KTP/KK or through the Peduli Protect application, aged 18 years and over, and having received a complete primary dose of vaccination at least 6 months earlier.
The explanation is that the follow-up dose (booster) given in the first quarter of 2022, namely people who receive the Sinovac primary vaccine, will receive a booster of Astrazeneca (1/2 dose) or Pfizer (1/2 dose).
Furthermore, if you get the Primary Astrazeneca vaccine, the boosters you can get are Moderna (1/2 dose) or Pfizer (1/2 dose), or Astrazeneca (1 dose).
In addition, a dose of 2 of the AstraZeneca vaccine can be given 8 weeks after the 1st dose of vaccine. This is done to speed up the Covid-19 vaccination.
The Ministry of Health Prioritizes Boosters Using the AstraZeneca Vaccine
The main focus of this third phase of the vaccine is the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. The total amount of AstraZeneca secured by Indonesia now amounts to more than 95 million doses. This data was obtained by Health Liputan6.com as of January 31, 2022, according to data from the Communications Committee for the Handling of CoronaVirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the National Economic Recovery (KPC-PEN).
Director-General of Information and Public Communication (IKP) of the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Informatics Usman Kansong said the AstraZeneca vaccine was a grant from the German and Swedish governments through the COVAX route.
Previously, the German government had donated COVID-19 vaccines to Indonesia several times. Namely on Wednesday (12/22/2021) in the form of Moderna vaccine, 2,389,400 doses and Friday (12/24/2021) in the form of Moderna vaccine with a total of 2,688,000 doses.
For this reason, the Indonesian government is very grateful to Germany and Sweden for their assistance in providing this Covid-19 vaccine.