“After receiving many recommendations from the public and after recalculating state finances, I can say that the Covid-19 vaccine for the public is free. Once again, it’s free. There is no charge at all,” said the President, who is popularly known as Jokowi.
Jokowi instructed the officials in all ministries, government agencies, and regional governments to prioritize the mass inoculation program in the 2021 budget.
He also ordered Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati to prioritize and reallocate another budget for the free coronavirus vaccination program.
Initially, under the plan, 32 million people would receive the subsidy, while about 75 million would pay on their own, she said.
However, the schemes have now been amended following the President’s decision to provide free vaccines for the citizens.
2. Tech Support Eyed for Indonesia’s Covid-19 Vaccination Program
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.
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.