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Jakarta Post

Govt gears up for vaccination program: Task force

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Jakarta   /   Tue, November 3 2020   /  01:00 am
Medical professionals give shots to residents in a simulation for COVID-19 national vaccination program at Puskesmas Abiensemal (community health center) in Badung, Bali on Oct. 6, 2020.(Antara/Nyoman Hendra Wibowo)

The Indonesian government has prepared logistics and human resources for the first round of the national COVID-19 vaccination program, which is seeks to begin in November or December. Essential logistics for the vaccination drive include the so-called cold chain, a series of precisely coordinated events in a temperature-controlled environment to store, manage and transport vaccines in order to deliver them to all parts of the world. According to the national COVID-19 task force, the Health Ministry has been working well in setting up the cold chain. “The preparation [for] the cold chain in Indonesia has reached 97 percent,” task force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito said in a statement on Thursday. Apart from the cold chain preparation, the government has also groomed 739,722 medical professionals as well as 23,145 vaccinators, especially to be assigned to community hea...