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Jakarta Post

Indonesia starts vaccinating seniors, but many confused by online registration, long queues

  • Ardila Syakriah
    Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 25, 2021   /  08:50 pm
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An elderly man shows his COVID-19 vaccination card at SD 05 state elementary school in Penggilingan, North Jakarta on Feb. 25, 2021. Indonesia is targeting to inoculate some 21 million elderly people aged 60 and above and 17 million essential workers in the second phase of vaccination, which started on Feb. 17.(Antara/Fakhri Hermansyah)

The government has rolled out its COVID-19 vaccination drive for elderly people across the country, one of the groups deemed vulnerable to the coronavirus. However, the process has been marred by long queues due to confusion and technical limitations of the online registration system. On Feb. 15, the Health Ministry announced the health authorities would roll out a vaccination drive for people aged 60 years and above. For the first phase of the drive, they would focus on inoculating the elderly in provincial capitals across the country. Then on Feb. 19, authorities distributed the link to online registration for the program via WhatsApp . Shortly after, however, the Health Ministry said the links were void and the official ones would be available on the national COVID-19 task force’s website. The ministry added that it would still process registrations done through the pre...