1.5 million health workers top concern for COVID-19 vaccination

It needs to be guaranteed that these 1.5 million (health care employees) receive the vaccine first, as they are at the leading edge of immunization or mass vaccination

Jakarta – The government is designating leading concern to immunizing 1.5 million medical personnel against the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), Erick Thohir, chairperson of the Committee for COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Healing, specified.

” It needs to be guaranteed that these 1.5 million (health care employees) get the vaccine initially, as they are at the forefront of immunization or mass vaccination,” Thohir, simultaneously state-owned business (BUMN) minister, specified after a conference with the Executive Board of the Indonesian Physicians Association (PB IDI) and the Indonesian National Nurses Association (PPNI) here on Thursday.

Thohir said that the figure was still being estimated. It is still being consolidated with the IDI, PPNI, and the Indonesian Midwives Association.

” Previously, we obtained the requirements for medical professionals and nurses, as there are medical professionals from various disciplines, such as pulmonologists and heart doctors,” he remarked.

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The minister believes that the information from IDI and PPNI is vital to guaranteeing that the medical group on the frontlines is accorded top priority.

” We look for IDI’s input, so that we do not commit mistakes in collecting information, consisting of nurses. When the raw materials can be produced, we will provide top priority, as they are on the forefront,” Thohir mentioned.

The minister stressed that health care workers were Indonesia’s strength and pillars to conduct immunizations or mass vaccinations at the start of next year or the end of 2020.

On the occasion, Thohir likewise stated that vaccination was conducted through two plans: federal government support and independent vaccines.

PB IDI Chairman Daeng M. Faqih mentioned that his association stays committed to working with the committee in carrying out vaccinations.

” When the time comes for vaccine administration on the field, we will coordinate with the district and also sub-district levels,” he included.

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