JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia has been coordinating with the World Health Organization (WHO) for the purchase of a Covid-19 vaccine, a top health official said on Thursday.
“We seek advice from the WHO for buying the most rational [Covid-19] vaccine,” said Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto in a statement on November 19.
“We also coordinate with various institutions such as members of the parliament and regional government.”
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To support the smooth running of the vaccination, the Ministry of Health has distributed the required logistics, including safety boxes and alcohol swabs, he said.
Besides, the ministry has also done outreach activities to all provinces by conducting training sessions, a cold chain for vaccination, and other supporting equipment.
The preparation for the 2020-2022 vaccination involves other stakeholders such as the Port Health Authority, the Indonesian military, and the National Police to ensure the security and safety of the implementation of the Covid-19 vaccination.
The ministry held a simulation for the Covid-19 vaccination at the Tanah Sereal Health Center in Bogor, West Java on Wednesday, November 18, the statement said.
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The simulation targeted 60 to 70 participants aged 18-59 without comorbidities. They must be in good health, have no fever, cough, or sore throat. Expectant mothers and women who breastfeed were not allowed to participate.