In addition to the challenges, the government is urged to carefully plan the vaccination action – National

While the government is looking for the best way to introduce a national vaccination program against COVID-19 as soon as possible, the expert reminded the authorities that they plan to carefully plan a successful action.

Indonesia plans to launch its vaccination program in the early months of next year. The government has ordered about 143 million doses of the vaccine from China’s Sinovac Biotech in various forms, from ready-to-use doses to a bunch of vaccines, with a total of 1.2 million doses of vaccine arriving in the country earlier this month.

The Food and Drug Administration (BPOM), however, has not yet approved the distribution of Sinovac, saying it will extend the monitoring phase of the trial for another three months to determine the effectiveness and side effects of the vaccine.

“A pandemic can turn into an endemic as long as it lasts [a country] is able to prepare well a vaccination program to keep the disease under control, ”epidemiologist Dicky Budiman was quoted as saying. On Wednesday.

However, he said organizing vaccination action may not be an easy task, as several factors could potentially hamper its success.

The first, Dicky said, was the potential for another pandemic in the future. For example, an undetected virus found in the body could be reactivated in the future.

“Moreover, animals could contract COVID-19 from humans and extend it to other animals and humans.”

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Dicky also reminded the government to prepare a precautionary measure against anti-vaxers who would likely create deceptive narratives to discourage the public from supporting the vaccination program. A strong communication strategy, he added, is advised to anticipate such groups.

Moreover, the public still takes the pandemic lightly because of the scams and misinformation that have been circulating widely on the internet. He believes this situation would lead to public distrust, which could jeopardize the success of the vaccination program.

“[Such false claims] “Some of our people would find it difficult to accept the vaccine,” he said.

Still, Dicky stressed that COVID-19 will not stop immediately after the government kicks out the vaccines, especially since Indonesia still records over 6,000 new cases a day. He doubted that, if the search procedure had been carried out properly, the number of new daily cases would have reached 20,000, he added.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said earlier on December 16 that the COVID-19 vaccine would be available to the public free of charge, following criticism of government plans to fund the vaccination of only a third of the target population.

So far, Jokowi has not provided additional details regarding the timeline of the program, as well as when the vaccines will be released. (dpk)

Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 working group to raise people’s awareness of the pandemic.