Indonesia Highlights: Hopes Dwindle for Free Covid-19 Vaccines in Indonesia | Jokowi Sides with Law Enforcement | Regional Heads Plan for Incoming Holiday Travelers

December 14, 2020, 03.12 AM

KOMPAS.com – The Indonesian government clarified their decision to Covid-19 vaccine fees in which they will cover some of the fees for the country’s lower-class.

Spokesperson for the Covid-19 Vaccination, Siti Nadia Tarmizi shared that the government may not make the Covid-19 vaccine fully complimentary for Indonesians who face social and economic hardships.

The Indonesian government’s statement was a response to the public’s criticism over whether the vaccines will be charged a fee.

In other news, Indonesian President Joko Widodo made several statements indicating his support towards law enforcement officials.

His remarks followed the recent arrest of Islamic Defenders Front leader, Rizieq Shihab on Dec. 12 as well as the recent Sigi terror attack on Nov. 27.

With nearly two weeks until Christmas and New Year’s holidays for Indonesians, several of the country’s regional heads are taking measures to anticipate crowds of travelers while some have made pleas encouraging residents to stay home.

Surabaya Mayor Twi Rismaharini has issued two decrees while the Vice-Mayor of Yogyakarta, Heroe Poerwadi stated that Malioboro Street will be reopened for New Year’s Eve.

More details on today’s Indonesia news are highlighted below:

1. Indonesian Government: Complimentary Covid-19 Vaccines Unlikely

Although the Indonesian government received over 1 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, Siti Nadia explained that the plan remains the same and that is to prioritize medical workers, public service workers, and vulnerable groups.

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