Indonesia Shortens Covid-19 Vaccination Procedure

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 04 May 2021 17:44 WIB
    Indonesia Shortens Covid-19 Vaccination Procedure
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    Jakarta: In a bid to speed up vaccination, the Indonesian  Government has announced that it has shortened vaccination procedure.

    The announcement was made by Minister of Health Budi G. Sadikin and Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto who also helms the covid-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee on Monday in following a limited meeting on covid-19 pandemic management led by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

    According to Budi, Ministry of Health has shortened vaccination procedure to two stages.

    The process previously consisted of four stages, namely registration and data verification, health screening, vaccine injection, and observation.

    "Now it involves two tables and the waiting time is up to 15 minutes. Therefore, we can speed up vaccination process," said the Minister of Health, as quoted from the Cabinet Secretariat's website.

    Budi added that his Ministry also continues to push to speed up vaccination program that has injected 20 million doses as of April.

    Budi also pointed out that in order to increase vaccine supplies for vaccination acceleration, the Government will procure COVID-19 vaccines from multilateral partnership COVAX Facility from GAVI.

    He added that Sinovac-manufactured vaccine raw material has arrived in Indonesia and state-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma will produce approximately 18 million vaccines this month.

    Furthermore, Budi stated that it took around two months to inject 10 million doses when the vaccination program was first launched, but now it takes only one month to inject the same number of doses.


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