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Jakarta Post

Amid sluggish vaccination roll-out, elderly vulnerable in 'mudik'

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A senior citizen at the Rumoh Seujahtra Geunaseh Sayang nursing home in Banda Aceh, Aceh poses while wearing a mask as an effort to prevent COVID-19 transmission on May 1, 2020.(Antara/Irwansyah Putra)
Ardila Syakriah
Jakarta   ●   Thu, April 22, 2021

The sluggish pace of the government’s vaccine roll-out for at-risk groups such as the elderly, who are most susceptible to the COVID-19 outbreak, has prompted concerns that senior citizens will bear the brunt of the spread of the disease as a result of the mudik (exodus) season that coincides with the Idul Fitri holiday.

Despite a second ban on mudik during the pandemic in as many years, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin conceded that people are bound to find ways to return to their hometowns for the Muslim holiday.

As such, he called on regions that are the main mudik destinations to speed up their vaccine roll-outs for the elderly. The mudik season begins in around three weeks’ time.

While only accounting for around 10 percent of COVID-19 cases, senior citizens make up half of all fatalities related to t...

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