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Jakarta-based alumni group AM64 aims to start public vaccine drive in May

Jakarta-based alumni group AM64 aims to start public vaccine drive in May Vaccine for all: A medical worker holds up a vial with the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at the Jurang Mangu community health center (Puskesmas) in South Tangerang, Banten, on Jan. 15. (JP/Seto Wardhana)
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Jakarta   ●   Sun, April 18, 2021 2021-04-18 19:57 27 559f5bc8c5224ad06a25184c0a3cc613 1 National vaccination,COVID-19,Kanisius-College,Menteng,free-access Free

Following the success of its vaccination program for the elderly in March, a group of Kolese Kanisius Catholic high school alumni in Menteng, Central Jakarta, plan to launch another inoculation drive for members of the public.

Also known as Alumni Menteng (AM64), the group expects to start the program in May or June after getting approval from the government, said AM64 chairman Irlan Suud.

Its vaccination drive for the elderly aimed at inoculating 2,500 people from March 8 to 13.

Jakarta residents over 60 years of age were invited to apply through kanisiusvaksin.care. Held at Kolese Kanisius, the event was organized by AM64 and the school’s Jakarta alumni association (PAKKJ) in coordination with the Health Ministry and the Jakarta Health Agency.

Irlan said at least 5,000 elderly recipients had gotten their first and second dose under the program, which officially closed on April 15.

Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) board of trustees vice chairman Jusuf Wanandi, who is also an alumnus of Kanisius College, speaks during a COVID-19 vaccination drive on April 16.Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) board of trustees vice chairman Jusuf Wanandi, who is also an alumnus of Kanisius College, speaks during a COVID-19 vaccination drive on April 16. (The Jakarta Post/Courtesy of AM64)

The government aims to inoculate 21 million elderly people in the second phase of its vaccination program, which started in February and will run through May.

Earlier this month, AM64 started an initiative aimed at collecting blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients. It has so far received 30 plasma donations and another 60 blood donations.