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Jakarta Post

Private COVID-19 vaccination touted as ‘gotong royong’ effort, but can it really help?

  • Ardila Syakriah
    Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 24, 2021   /  06:13 pm
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A vendor shows his COVID-19 vaccination card after being inoculated at the Melong Market in Cimahi, West Java on Feb. 24, 2021. Health authorities inoculated 95 vendors in the market with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in an attempt to curb coronavirus transmission.(Antara/Raisan Al Farisi)

The government and business players have been promoting a planned private vaccination scheme as a form of gotong royong (mutual cooperation) to help the country achieve herd immunity faster. The scheme, dubbed the Gotong Royong Vaccination Program, will allow business owners to buy their own supplies of vaccine to be distributed to their employees. The vaccines will be administered by private health care facilities or vaccinators, who are also involved in the government’s free vaccination drive. “There has been misinformation that the Gotong Royong Vaccination Program is designated for rich people. This is for the workers,” National COVID-19 Response and Economic Recovery Committee spokesperson Arya Sinulingga said during a virtual discussion on Tuesday. While the Health Ministry is still preparing a technical regulation for the scheme, it stated that it would ...