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Jakarta Post

Jokowi announces ‘free’ COVID-19 vaccines for all

  • Ardila Syakriah
    Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 16, 2020   /  06:48 pm
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Health workers inject COVID-19 vaccine into a civil servant during a vaccine drive simulation at Udayana Military Command in Denpasar, Bali, on Dec. 10.(Antara/Nyoman Hendra Wibowo)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has announced that the forthcoming COVID-19 vaccination drive will be made free of charge, as the state looks to quell criticism over assertions that it would only fund inoculation for a third of the population targeted in the program. Speaking in an official video published on Wednesday, Jokowi said he would make the vaccine available without cost in order to build trust among the people and show that it would be safe to use. "After receiving much input from the public and recalculating the financial state of the country, I would like to inform you that COVID-19 vaccines for the people will be free. Once again, it will be free of charge," he said. The President also said he would be the first Indonesian to get a vaccine shot. As a result of this decision, all Cabinet ministries and institutions as well as regional administra...