JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Indonesian Ministry of Health has warned that Indonesia’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic is far from over, even as the government has started vaccinations around the country.
“A recipient of a Covid-19 vaccine can still contract the coronavirus. But if they get vaccinated, their body received defenses that will keep them from falling ill [from Covid-19],” said Ministry of Health spokesperson Siti Nadia Tarmizi on Monday, February 15.
She added that if a person falls ill from Covid-19, the vaccine can keep their illness from worsening.
“The Covid-19 vaccine can protect [the recipient] from the more serious, and even fatal, symptoms of the coronavirus. The vaccine is still the best solution for people infected by the coronavirus, even as the virus continues to evolve and mutate.”
Nadia pointed out that the vaccine can build up an individual’s antibody gradually, making it crucial that they take get inoculated twice with a 28 day gap in between.
“The first dosage [of the Covid-19] vaccine can build up 60 percent of the recipient’s antibody. If they take their second dosage, their antibody [against Covid-19] can increase to 95 percent,” she noted.
Meanwhile, President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo has called on the Indonesian armed forces and Indonesian National Police to support the government's mass Covid-19 inoculation drive, due to their experience and speed in dealing with emergencies and crises.
"While [the mass vaccinations] will be carried out in public health clinics [puskesmas] and hospitals, as well as cluster systems, such as for those providing economic services or red zone districts experiencing a high rate of Covid-19 transmission," Jokowi noted.