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Jakarta Post

Get vaccinated or lose your social aid, Indonesian government says

  • Ardila Syakriah
    Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 15, 2021   /  08:27 pm
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A health worker holds up the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine in a vial at Jurang Mangu community health center (Puskesmas) in South Tangerang, Banten last month.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

At a time when millions have fallen into unemployment as a result of the pandemic and vaccine misinformation is running rampant, the government has authorized the use of sanctions against those rejecting COVID-19 vaccination. The latest revision to a presidential regulation on coronavirus vaccination regulates mandatory inoculation for people who are declared by the Health Ministry eligible for the vaccine, unless they fail to meet certain health criteria. Those who reject vaccination may be subject to fines or administrative sanctions in the form of delays or termination of social aid and access to public services. However, given that only the poor and vulnerable are eligible for social aid the sanctions appear to single out this particular section of the population. Despite this, vaccine hesitancy, which could hinder the national vaccine drive, has nothing to do with socio-eco...