March 24, 2021, 05.22 AM

JAKARTA, – President Joko Widodo still has much to do in convincing Indonesians to take vaccinate themselves against Covid-19, more than a year after the government acknowledged that it struck Indonesia on March 2, 2020.

A survey by the Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting [SMRC] polling body revealed that more than a quarter of Indonesians are unwilling to be vaccinated for Covid-19, even as the coronavirus struck over a million Indonesians and killed about 40 thousand of those cases.

Resisting government policy

“When asked if they are willing to be vaccinated once the [Covid-19] vaccine is available, 29 percent of the respondents said no. This is a more substantial number than we expected,” said SMRC Research Director Deni Irvani on Tuesday.

“Most of these respondents, or 33 percent, were men, while 26 percent were women. The difference is even smaller in demographic terms, with 30 percent of them in rural areas while 28 percent were from urban areas.”

He also noted that most of the respondents, or 34 percent, only had an elementary school education. However, Deni pointed out that those in higher education were not far behind, with 26 percent saying they do not want to be inoculated.

“37 percent of those unwilling to be vaccinated are young people under the age of 25.”

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He said that geography and differences in political cultures or traditions seemed to influence the respondents’ answers.

“33 percent of those unwilling to be vaccinated are from islands outside of Java, with 32 percent saying they are from Sumatra, while 27 percent were from Java. ”


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