Chief of Staff of the Executive Office of the President Moeldoko visited St. Ursula High School - one of the largest vaccination centers in Jakarta - on Friday (2/7) to support the continuing rollout of the National COVID-19 vaccination program as the country sees a surge of COVID-19 transmission in the past couple of weeks.
Moeldoko also appreciated the locals’ initiative in voluntarily starting the vaccination center in order to ensure that the country’s vaccination program is delivered at speed as the pandemic crisis pushes hospitals and health facilities over capacity.
“I am currently seeing remarkable work done to boost the acceleration of the National COVID-19 vaccination program,” he said.
“Such a coordinated and an organized program must be appreciated. It should be made a nationwide example for others to follow,” he continued.
Moeldoko also encouraged the public to join hands in battling the COVID-19 pandemic with the government. Among many, he expected the local initiatives to provide protective health gear (APD), emergency health facilities and human resources as assistance to medical experts.
At the same time, the government also showed their commitments to grant free access to COVID-19 for all Indonesian citizens.
By then, the goal of a 2 million doses of national vaccine program won’t be so hard to reach.
According to data by the Health Ministry, as many as 30,2 million citizens had received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine per July 1st, 2021.
The government also vowed to allocate 50 percent of the national vaccine stock to regions with high numbers of COVID-19 transmission as well as to push the acceleration of vaccination programs in rural areas.
The independent vaccination program at St. Ursula High School in Central Jakarta was first held in March, involving 197 non-medical volunteers and 250 more medical volunteers giving out the vaccination shots freely for the public.
Up until today, more than 30,000 people have been given COVID-19 vaccine shots in the facility with approximately 500 to 1,000 people registered daily.
The rollout of the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in St. Ursula ended on Saturday or the same day as the first day implementation of the emergency public activity restrictions (PPKM Darurat) to control the vast spread of the deadly variant of COVID-19 virus.
“I am representing the government and would like to express my gratitude to all volunteers and alumni of St. Ursula and Theresia school over their initiative in helping the government to roll out the national COVID-19 vaccination program,” Moeldoko ended his speech.
Thus, the visit was ended with volunteers taking a picture with the Chief of Staff, feeling appreciated by the government's attention.
The also vowed to continue spread the good message through the voluntary work they will do for the second-shot vaccination program starting next month.