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Jakarta Post

Data issues cast shadow over vaccination drive

  • Ardila Syakriah


Jakarta   /   Wed, January 20 2021   /  01:00 am
People’s hope: A health worker holds up the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine in a vial at Jurang Mangu community health center (Puskesmas) in South Tangerang, Banten, on Friday. The government has allocated a budget of Rp 20.9 trillion (US$1.49 billion) for procurement of Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine and may allow private companies to procure their own vaccines as business representatives called for them to be able to inoculate staff or sell vaccines to the public. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

As Indonesia begins inoculating medical workers against COVID-19, data problems have become apparent, making registration for the program difficult and clouding the country’s ambitious plan to vaccinate some 181 million people. The country is prioritizing the vaccination of about 1.3 million medical workers and staff members from Jan. 14 to April of this year. The Health Ministry sent a mass text message recently encouraging self-registration on certain digital platforms, including the Peduli Lindungi mobile application, website and call center, as well as online messaging application WhatsApp. The Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) previously issued a decree appealing to all medical workers to participate in the vaccination program and to end controversies regarding the vaccine, its efficacy and its emergency approval. But the chief stumbling block for medical worker...