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03
January

Covid 19 Vaccine ready to be distributed - ledger Enquirer

 

In a survey conducted by the Indonesian General Election Study (LKPI), 81.7 percent of the respondents have said they are ready to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses under the government’s immunization program. The survey has also indicated that 76.6 percent of the respondents are satisfied with and confident in the ongoing national economic recovery efforts, which are expected to help improve the economy that has been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, LKPI executive director Arifin Nur Cahyono said in a written statement released on Saturday.

Only 18.7 percent of the respondents have said they are not satisfied with the national economic recovery efforts since they have had no positive impact on the people's economy. Meanwhile, 4.7 percent of the respondents refrained from answering. The survey, which was conducted from December 20 to 27, 2020, covered 1,225 respondents in 34 provinces in the country. Sampling was done using a mix-mode method since the research was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, which restricted face-to-face interviews.The survey has a margin of error of 2.8 percent at a 95-percent level of confidence, he informed.

Meanwhile, the government has begun listing the first stage recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine after millions of doses from Sinovac arrived in Indonesia recently, spokesperson for vaccine-related affairs at the Health Ministry, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said on Saturday//ANT

03
January

Electricity grid network - Resources asia

 

The government has made assurance that electricity subsidies for the community will continue in 2021 under the efforts to bring about economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The subsidy in electricity cost will still apply in accordance with the system that was in place before," State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) Minister Erick Thohir noted in an official statement in Jakarta on Saturday.

The minister remarked that 450-VA customers will receive a full fee waiver or free of charge. This is testament to the government's support for economically vulnerable communities.

"In accordance with the president's instructions, we, from the Committee for Handling COVID-19 and National Economic Recovery (KPCPEN), recently held a meeting with the minister of energy and mineral resources, so that the State Electricity Company (PLN) continues to provide services to people in need," Thohir, concurrently chairman of the Committee for Handling COVID-19 and National Economic Recovery (KPCPEN), remarked. The minister further expounded that the electricity cost subsidy also refers to 900-VA customers. This subsidy extension is valid from January to March 2021.

Thohir stated that the focus will again be set at the possibility of continuing to extend the subsidy in line with the conditions of the affected community.

"The government has decided to extend the time to provide assistance for electricity costs in the form of a 100-percent discount or free for 450-VA household customers and a 50-percent discount for 900-VA power household customers for the next three months until March 2021," the minister revealed. 

Furthermore, the government ensures that all social safety devices will continue in order to ensure that COVID-19 handling is conducted comprehensively, with health and economic recovery prioritized//ANT

03
January

Indonesian Health workers handling covid 19 patient - ayosemarang.com

 

The government has begun listing the first stage recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine after millions of doses from Sinovac arrived in Indonesia recently, spokesperson for vaccine-related affairs at the Health Ministry, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said.

"There are several preparations that we are doing, one of which is [obtaining] the target data. We will start with [releasing] educational content via SMS (short message service) on 31 December, 2020," Nadia said when contacted by ANTARA from Jakarta on Saturday.

Earlier, the Ministry of Health had sent bulk SMSes to recipients selected for the first phase of the vaccine program, especially health workers. According to Nadia, who is also the director of prevention and control of vector borne and zoonotic diseases at the Ministry of Health, this method is being used to verify targeted recipients’ data.The way it works is that health workers who receive the bulk SMS are being asked to fill out a form and furnish their citizenship identity number (NIK), which will reveal whether they have been included in the vaccination target or not, she explained.

If a health worker is not registered, the Ministry of Health will inform the district or city health office, hospital, community health centers (Puskesmas) or clinics, and then his or her data will be submitted to the health information system, she added. All these processes are being carried out while the government waits for the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) to issue a permit for using COVID-19 vaccines, including the Sinovac vaccine, which arrived in Indonesia in December, 2020.

Earlier, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin had said the government plans to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to all provinces in Indonesia without delay. He said he hoped the vaccination program for health workers could be started before the community returned to work in January//ANT

03
January

Success of 1st phase COVID-19 vaccination to raise public confidence

 

The success of the first phase of COVID-19 vaccination in Indonesia will raise public confidence and curb coronavirus mortality rate , an epidemiologist said.

"The government should prove that the first phase of vaccination will be successful. The success will raise public confidence that the government is able to conduct mass vaccination properly," dr. Syahrizal Syarif of University of Indonesia (UI) said on Saturday.

He spoke of the first phase of the country's COVID-19 immunization plan that will cover medical workers, public service officers and elderly citizens. The first phase of COVID-19 vaccination expected to roll out from January to April 2021 will see about 1.3 million health workers, 17.4 million public service officers and 21.5 million elderly people. 

The second phase of the vaccination will be conducted from April to May 2021.As part of efforts to reduce transmission and mortality rates Syahrizal highlighted the significance of vaccinating right groups particularly medical workers as front liners in the battle against the COVID-19. He also praised the government's plan to prioritize elderly citizens for the vaccination.

Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said earlier it will take 3.5 years for the country to vaccinate 181 million Indonesian citizens in order to achieve herd immunity against the COVID-19. The government has begun listing the first stage recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine after millions of doses from Sinovac arrived in Indonesia recently, spokesperson for vaccine-related affairs at the Health Ministry, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said//ANT