"The covid-19 vaccine is currently stored in the storage facility of the Aceh Health Agency," Aceh Regional Police spokesperson Senior Commissioner Winardy told journalists.
"We are still waiting for the instruction from the provincial government. The Aceh Police has enough personnel. They can be quickly mobilize to secure covid-19 vaccine distribution," the police official explained.
On Tuesday, around 14 thousand doses of covid-19 vaccine from Sinovac Biotech arrived at Sultan Iskandar Muda International Airport.
According to reports, the Indonesian government plans to begin its highly-anticipated covid-19 vaccination program in mid-January.
Nevertheless, the central government is currently still waiting for the emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) and halal certificate from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).
In a bid to achieve herd immunity, 181 million Indonesian people must get the vaccine.
Taking into account that one person needs two doses of vaccine, as well as guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) to prepare 15 percent for reserves, the total doses needed are approximately 426 million doses.