December 17, 2020, 02.13 AM

KOMPAS.com – After days of public rumbling and grumbling, the Covid-19 vaccine in Indonesia will be free of charge for all citizens.

The announcement came from the Indonesian President who explained that the decision came after talks with the public and recalculating the country’s finances.

Now public attention moves to the question on how to ensure each citizen is inoculated.

Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani is eyeing technology to track every Indonesian that has received the first shot in the vaccination program that requires two doses for each person.

The implementation of Indonesia’s Covid-19 vaccination plans is a welcome development in a country struggling to mitigate the novel virus.

Meanwhile, retailers in Jakarta are pleading with the government to take action with crowd control at malls, restaurants, cafes, and modern retail stores instead of limiting operational hours for the year-end holiday.

Although the country’s retailers are supportive of government measures to avoid a second wave of infections, they are also asking for some leniency as profits continue to plunge for Indonesia’s hotel, restaurants, and catering industries.

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

1. President Jokowi Okays Free Covid-19 Vaccination for All Indonesians

President Joko Widodo on Wednesday announced that coronavirus vaccines would be free for all Indonesians.

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