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Jakarta Post

Data problems cast shadow over Indonesia's ambitious vaccine drive

  • Ardila Syakriah
    Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 19, 2021   /  08:45 pm
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Hope in a vial: A health worker holds up a dose of the Sinovac vaccine at the Jurang Mangu community health center in South Tangerang, Banten, on Friday.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

As Indonesia begins inoculating medical workers against COVID-19, data problems have become apparent, making registration for the program difficult and clouding the country's ambitious plan to vaccinate some 181 million people. The country is prioritizing the vaccination of about 1.3 million medical workers and staff members from Jan. 14 to April of this year. The Health Ministry sent a mass text message recently encouraging self-registration on certain digital platforms, including the Peduli Lindungi mobile application, website and call center, as well as online messaging application WhatsApp. The Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) previously issued a decree appealing to all medical workers to participate in the vaccination program and to end controversies regarding the vaccine, its efficacy and its emergency approval. But the chief stumbling block for medical workers has be...