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[COMMENTARY] Next government drive: Building vaccine confidence

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    Jakarta

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Jakarta   /   Thu, March 4 2021   /  01:00 am
A vendor shows his COVID-19 vaccination card after being inoculated at the Melong Market in Cimahi, West Java on Feb. 24. Health authorities inoculate 95 vendors in the market with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine as an attempt to curb the coronavirus transmission.(Antara/Raisan Al Farisi)

As vaccination is our only option for beating COVID-19, the prospect of individually purchasing the vaccines offers a glimmer of hope that life can return to normal. It is expected that people will soon be able to buy the vaccines they need this month. It is also hoped that Indonesia can quickly achieve herd immunity with the addition of the private vaccination program and reduce the burdens on its health system. But how confident are Indonesians in COVID-19 vaccines? The government says the private-sector vaccination program, dubbed Gotong Royong (mutual cooperation), will kick off after the vaccine supply has been distributed for inoculating public officials, the elderly and contribution aid recipients (PBIs) of the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan). During a discussion with the chief editors of several national media on Feb. 17, President Joko “...