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Important Things About Covid-19 Vaccination in Jakarta

Tiffany Aisyah Septiana

15 March 2021

Hope has just been found amid an ongoing pandemic. The Covid-19 vaccine arrived some time ago in Indonesia, and vaccinations have been carried out in several areas, including in Jakarta. The first Covid-19 vaccination in Jakarta began on January 15, 2021. The main priorities for initial vaccination include doctors, nurses, midwives, assistants for health workers, support personnel, coordinators, human resources for the TNI/POLRI, and other health workers. Now, inoculation continues to reach and protect more people in Jakarta. 

Why We Should Get Vaccinated

Vaccines are biological products containing antigens in the form of microorganisms or their parts or substances produced which have been managed in a certain way. This vaccine will later be administered into the body with the aim of making a person immune and protected from an infectious disease. That way, when you have been vaccinated, the vaccine will remember the virus or bacteria that carry the disease so that the body will recognize and know how to fight it.

In addition, vaccines that are inserted into the body also function to reduce transmission of Covid-19, reduce morbidity and mortality, achieve group immunity in society from Covid-19 so that people remain socially and economically productive.

[Reasons Why You Should Take Covid-19 Vaccinations]

Covid-19 Vaccine Recipients

After being tested for its safety, the main priority age-group that will receive the vaccine are residents over 18 years old that live in Indonesia. But don’t worry, population groups under 18 years old will be vaccinated if adequate data on vaccine safety are available and receive an emergency use authorization or distribution permit number (NIE) from the Food and Drug Administration. Vaccines are only given to those who are healthy and do not have a history of serious illness. The criteria for people who should not receive the vaccine include:

  1. people who are sick;

  2. people with comorbidities such as diabetes or hypertension. Those who have comorbid disease must be in a controlled condition to receive vaccination approval from the treating doctor;

  3. under the recommended age of 18+;

  4. have a history of autoimmune; 

  5. pregnant women; and

  6. just recovered from Covid-19 (Covid-19 survivors have to postpone vaccinations after 3 months since they recovered)

The Phases of Covid-19 Vaccination

Vaccination is carried out in four phases, taking into account the availability and arrival time. The stages of implementing the COVID 19 vaccination are carried out in accordance with WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) Roadmap as well as a study from the National Immunization Expert Advisory Committee (Indonesian Technical Advisory Group). The following are the 4 stages of implementing Covid-19:

  • Phase 1 

The targets of the Covid-19 phase 1 vaccination are health workers, health assistant personnel, support staff, and students who are currently undergoing education medical profession working in Health Care Facilities.

  • Phase 2 

Public service officers, namely the Indonesian National Army/National Police of the Republic of Indonesia, legal officers, and other public service officers including officers at airports/ports/stations/terminals, banks, state electricity companies, and regional drinking water companies, as well as other officers involved. directly provide services to the community. The elderly group over 60 years of age is also the target in this phase

  • Phase 3 

The target of Covid-19 phase 3 vaccination is vulnerable people from this aspect geospatial, social, and economic.

  • Phase 4

The target of vaccination for phase 4 is the community and other economic actors with a cluster approach according to vaccine availability.

Covid-19 vaccination services are carried out at Health Service Facilities owned by Central Government, Provincial Government, Regency/City Government or owned by the public / private sector that meet the requirements, including:

1. Puskesmas, Supporting Puskesmas;

2. Clinic;

3. Hospital; and/or

4. Health Service Unit at the Port Health Office (KKP)

Covid-19 Vaccinations in Jakarta

Since 11 January 2021, Jakarta has received a total of 120,040 vials stored directly in the Cold Room of the Vaccine Warehouse of the DKI Jakarta Provincial Health Office with a temperature of 2-8°C according to WHO standards. On Friday, January 15, 2021, a Covid-19 Vaccination Movement was held in DKI Jakarta, to be precise at the City Hall, Central Jakarta. The Covid-19 vaccination in DKI Jakarta Province is a series of activities starting from the central level to the President of the Republic of Indonesia and his staff on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, which was held at the State Palace. The Covid-19 vaccination is given to representatives of 3 target groups: public officials (provincial level apart from the Governor and Deputy Governor), professional health worker organizations, and other community leaders (religious leaders and other groups, as many as 19 people who will be witnessed directly by the Governor of DKI Province. Jakarta

Source: Instagram account @aniesbaswedan

Distribution is carried out in stages starting from the Health Office, to the Puskesmas, to all health facilities where vaccinations are administered, including hospitals, with great attention to the cold chain of vaccines in each location. Health Service Facilities which are mentioned above covered all that owned by the Central Government, Local Government, or the public / private sector, which meet the requirements. These health service facilities are in the form of health centers, auxiliary health centers, and Covid-19 vaccination service posts, clinics, hospitals, and/or health service units at the Port Health Office (KKP). Currently, the distribution of vaccines and vaccine logistics has begun from the Health Department to the City Sub-Department and Health Service Facilities. A total of 488 health facilities in DKI Jakarta have been registered by Pcare BPJS as implementing Covid-19 immunization.

The Requirements for Health Service Facilities to carry out vaccinations are:

  • Have health personnel administering Covid-19 vaccination

  • Have a cold chain facility according to the type of Covid-19 vaccine used or in accordance with the provisions of laws and regulations

  • Have an operational permit for Health Service Facilities or an appointment by the Minister in accordance with the provisions of laws and regulations.

Number of human resources/vaccinators in Jakarta and their training

Check Your Vaccination Schedule

Currently, Jakarta is entering phase 2 of Covid-18 vaccination with seniors >60 years old as one of the priorities. If you have family or relatives who are in the elderly category, immediately check the vaccination schedule through JAKI or the vaccination menu on the website. Each elderly will be scheduled gradually. therefore check the schedule frequently. Let’s support the Covid-19 vaccination program in Jakarta to stop the pandemic and keep following health protocols!

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Tiffany Aisyah Septiana

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