December 16, 2020, 08.32 PM

JAKARTA, – With the announcement of free Covid-19 vaccines in Indonesia, the next issue that arises is rolling out the program in the country of nearly 180 million.

Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said that implementing the program will require technological support to ensure the distribution of the booster is in keeping with the government’s target.

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“In terms of vaccinations, imagine if more than 180 million people in Indonesia have to be vaccinated and more than once. There needs to be technology to track them.”

The Indonesian Finance Minister explained that harnessing technology would be useful to track every person who has been inoculated and their whereabouts considering that each person must receive two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

“By name, by Customs Identification Number, by number. This digitalization program is massive and real thus will require necessary infrastructure for us to carry out the transformation.”

As part of the free coronavirus vaccine program, Sri Mulyani stated that community health centers across Indonesia must be connected to digital technology.

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Furthermore, the government will speed up the development of the Base Transceiver Station for underdeveloped areas in 2021.

The objective is to increase connectivity in more than 12,000 villages that have yet to be connected to the internet.

The government has also allocated Rp 25 trillion for 2021 – 2024 for information technology and communications infrastructure development.

“The aim is to provide reliable digital services and infrastructure across Indonesia. These infrastructures will not only support government programs but that of economic actors who will be affected by the spillover effects of the development.”

(Writer: Mutia Fauzia | Editor: Bambang P. Jatmiko)


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