August 21, 2020, 08.46 PM

KOMPAS.com – Nearly 2,200 Indonesians have volunteered to roll up their sleeves for Covid-19 vaccine trails, exceeding the initial target of 1,620 as previously announced.

Eddy Fadlyana, field manager of the Covid-19 clinical trials at Padjajaran University’s Faculty of Medicine, said the nearly 2,200 Indonesians are now registered as volunteers.

During the first batch of the injection on August 11-15, 110 volunteers received the shots from the vaccine's clinical trial team in Bandung, West Java.

“It is estimated that the vaccines will be tested on 540 volunteers by November and around 1,620 people by January,” said Eddy.

Not all the volunteers, however, meet the clinical trial requirements.

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“About 10 percent of people failed the screening due to hypertension. They cannot be accepted [into the trial] as volunteers must be in healthy condition,” he said.

After the test was done, Eddy said there were no serious side effects resulting from the injections. “Only one volunteer experienced dizziness, felt unwell. We advise the volunteer to receive treatment at a clinic,” he said.

He went on to say that other volunteers who have already received the shots did not experience side effects. Regarding another volunteer who had a greater appetite after receiving the shot, it was a personal response, he said.

“If the appetite increases it may be a coincidence, it does not happen in general. It is just one person,” he said.

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