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Jakarta Post

Government drives childhood vaccinations amid pandemic

  • Ardila Syakriah


Jakarta   /   Tue, July 21 2020   /  01:00 am
Safety first: Mothers stand in line to get their toddlers vaccinated at a village administration office in Kediri, East Java. The office is being used for immunizations to prevent crowding at the local community health center (Puskesmas) and stem COVID-19 transmissions.(Antara/Prasetia Fauzani/NZ)

Just as the COVID-19 pandemic began to emerge in January, 21-year-old Dian gave birth to her premature son in Tuban, East Java, which is now the epicenter of the Indonesian outbreak. The new mother said she had grown increasingly worried about her baby’s health, not only because of the new virus, but also the risk other childhood diseases pose if her son did not complete his immunization schedule. The epidemic has forced many Posyandu (integrated health services posts) in Tuban to temporarily suspend their services, just like in many other regions in the country. Posyandu are a vital part of the public health system in that they offer free primary immunizations for infants and children. "From the beginning, I didn't get any confirmation as to when [the Posyandu] would reopen,” Dian told The Jakarta ...