US Ambassador Visits Vaccination Site in Jakarta

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 27 September 2021 09:58 WIB
    US Ambassador Visits Vaccination Site in Jakarta
    United States (US) Ambassador to Indonesia, Sung Y. Kim (Photo: State Dept.)



    Jakarta: On Sunday, United States (US) Ambassador to Indonesia, Sung Y. Kim, joined Dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi from the Ministry of Health, Dr. Dwi Octavia from the DKI Jakarta Provincial Health Office, and Colonel Piter Dwi Ardianto from the National Armed Forces (TNI) to visit a vaccination site at Cilandak Town Square in Jakarta Province that is offering Pfizer covid-19 vaccine to the public.

    "This morning, it’s wonderful to see Pfizer vaccine doses actually going into arms, to keep Indonesian families safe, and to move us closer to safely reopening Indonesia’s economy," Ambassador Kim said in a press release on Sunday.

     



    Following US President Joe Biden’s pledge in June 2021 to donate 500 million Pfizer doses to the world, the Indonesian government has received 4.6 million Pfizer doses in the last two weeks.  Indonesia previously received 8 million doses of the Moderna vaccine also donated by the United States.  On September 23, President Biden announced the donation of an additional 500 million Pfizer doses, bringing the total number of pledged doses to over 1.1 billion.

    The US Government through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing support to Indonesia’s COVID-19 vaccination program by improving vaccination facilities readiness, developing monitoring systems to track coverage and support beneficiary registration, and disseminating health information to educate citizens and reduce vaccine hesitancy.

    In partnership with the Ministry of Health and local governments in Greater Jakarta, USAID is providing technical assistance for vaccinators and logistics at healthcare facilities, mobile clinics, and public areas.

    Over the past two months, USAID has recruited and trained almost 400 private sector vaccinators and set up 780 mobile vaccination sites in Jakarta, Banten, and West Java, administering vaccines to approximately 200,000 people.

    The Cilandak Town Square venue is one such temporary vaccine site, where people can get their first or second dose.  Operating seven days a week, the sites are managed in collaboration with Provincial and District health officials and the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI).  All vaccines are provided by the Ministry of Health.

    (WAH)

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