The Indonesian government officially began Covid-19 vaccination for 6-11 years old children on Tuesday (14/12). The vaccination for children is based on the recommendation by the Indonesian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization - ITAGI.
This vaccination is done in stages. In the first stage, the vaccination is carried out in provinces, regencies, and cities where the first dose vaccination has reached more than 70% and elderly vaccination above 60%.
Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs, Muhadjir Effendy, as quoted from liputan6.com (14/12), said that for now, only 8.8 million children from 106 regencies/cities and 11 provinces will be vaccinated.
The Health Ministry explained, as quoted from kemkes.go.id (14/12), that to finish the children vaccination needs more than 58.7 million vaccine doses. Currently, the Health Ministry has prepared 6.4 million doses for December 2021 and more will be added in January 2022.
The vaccination for 6-11 years old children must be supported because of several crucial reasons, such as protecting children from Covid-19.
Apart from that, it aims to restore the learning process. Director General at the Education Ministry's Early Education, Primary School, and High School, Jumeri, as quoted from kemdikbud.go.id (14/12) said that the government aimed the learning recovery to immediately take place through face-to-face classes.
It is expected that the vaccination for children will be successful. Parents have an important role in supporting this vaccination.