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Jakarta Post

To be or not to be? To vaccinate or to vacillate?

  • Julia Suryakusuma


Jakarta   /   Wed, January 20 2021   /  01:00 am
New line of defense: A health worker receives a COVID-19 vaccine at Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital in Central Jakarta on Thursday, a day after Indonesia began its mass vaccination program, with health workers given top priority. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Many nations are now playing the game of “follow the leader”. You know, that children’s game where kids line up behind the “leader” and copy his or her movements. United States president-elect Joe Biden, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and, of course, our very own President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo played this game recently. All the leaders got their respective countries’ first COVID-19 jab to inspire confidence in the rest of the population to get vaccinated.  In the United Kingdom, that honor was given to Margaret Keenan, a 91-year-old grandma. Maybe this is because they are vaccinating the over-80s first there. And I thought respecting elders was a tradition of Eastern cultures. In Indonesia those getting prioritized are medical workers, the military, the police, state...