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Jakarta Post

[DISCOURSE] Indonesia, WhatsApp boost vaccination rollout among medical workers

  • Budi Sutrisno


Jakarta   /   Mon, February 1 2021   /  01:01 am
WhatsApp director of public policy Clair Deevy(Courtesy of WhatsApp/-)

The Health Ministry has partnered with WhatsApp to provide a new chatbot service to facilitate registration of the COVID-19 vaccination program across the country. Launched on Jan. 15, two days after the vaccination rollout, this is the first WhatsApp chatbot worldwide that helps medical workers to connect to their nearest health facilities to receive the jab. The Jakarta Post’s Budi Sutrisno sat down with WhatsApp Asia Pacific director of public policy Clair Deevy to learn more about the service. Question: How did the collaboration begin and why Indonesia first? Answer: As vaccines have become available, governments are really needing to work on their plans for vaccination and how they decide who gets it. From our point of view, this is less about selecting Indonesia and more that [Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin] came in in the end of December with a very clear plan abo...