Third Dose Vaccination in Indonesia, Puan Maharani: "Free for the Poor"

Kamis, Januari 06, 2022 | 00.12 WIB | Last Updated 2022-01-08T17:23:44Z

GEN-ID 🇮🇩 | Jakarta
, January 5, 2022 - Chairwoman of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Puan Maharani, since last week reminded people who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine to be vaccinated immediately and hopes that the government will accelerate the delivery of COVID-19 vaccine booster and third vaccination dose.

Her expectation was answered by the government announcing that the program for administering the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will start on January 12, 2022 for adults, and is currently waiting for the results of the analysis from the Indonesian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ITAGI).

The government's plan, of course, has the full support of Puan, who hopes that this third dose of vaccine can be given free of charge to the public.

"The DPR RI provides full support for the implementation of the Covid-19 vaccine booster program. We hope that the vaccine booster will be given without any fees because public safety is the main priority," said Puan.

According to her, the government must ensure that all underprivileged people are included in the BPJS Health Contribution Assistance/Penerima Bantuan Iuran (PBI) list, be it the elderly or the general public, so that people from these groups get health services without worrying about costs.

The good news is that what Puan emphasized is in line with the government's plan which has stated that they will provide the third dose of vaccine for free for the elderly and PBI BPJS.

In a press release released by the Press, Media and Information Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat on Monday (3/1), the Minister of Health (Menkes) Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the vaccine would be given to people aged 18 years and over who had received the second dose of vaccine within the period of more than 6 months.

"This booster vaccination will also be given for more than six months after the second dose. We identified around 21 million targets in January in this category," said the Minister of Health after attending a limited meeting chaired by President Joko Widodo.

Budi said that booster vaccination will be given to districts/cities whose vaccination targets have met the criteria for 70 percent of the first dose and 60 percent of the second dose.

"So until now there are 244 regencies and cities that have met these criteria," said the Minister of Health.

The Minister of Health said that the government had secured a stock of around 113 million doses of booster vaccine out of a total requirement of 230 million doses. Regarding the type of vaccine to be used, a decision will be made after recommendations from the Indonesian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ITAGI) and the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM).

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