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Jakarta Post

Private vaccination may risk equal access in Indonesia's COVID-19 response

  • Ardila Syakriah
    Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 14, 2021   /  07:05 pm
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New line of defense: A health worker receives a COVID-19 vaccine at Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital in Central Jakarta on Jan. 14, a day after Indonesia began its mass vaccination program, with health workers given top priority. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

An intern doctor at a community health center (Puskesmas) in Central Java, one of the COVID-19 hardest-hit regions, is waiting anxiously for her turn to receive the vaccine she needs to protect her when treating patients. Some hundreds of kilometers away, in Jakarta, a woman -- heavily touted on social media as the “Crazy Rich Jakartan” after the hit Asian-American movie -- got her shot at a Puskesmas in the city after reportedly presenting a letter claiming that she was a support staffer at a drugstore. Her colleague later revealed that the woman was the former’s business partner in running the drugstore, reported. Deputy Jakarta governor Ahmad Riza Patria said that unlike drugstore staff, owners were not listed as health workers eligible for the prioritized vaccination. This prompted a public furor and an investigation. The clash of the two worlds onc...