Government Targets 173 Million Vaccines to Pursue Herd Immunity

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia –

Director General of Disease Prevention and Control, Ministry of Health (Ministry of Health), Achmad Yurianto said the government is currently only focusing on targeting vaccinations or vaccine injections corona virus (Covid-19) to a population of 173 million.

With 70 percent of the population being vaccinated, the Ministry of Health hopes to bring out herd immunity or herd immunity.

“It is expected that 70 percent (of the population) can be vaccinated, it will emerge herd immunity, where others we don’t need vaccines against. Now, these are things that we continue to study, “Yuri said in a virtual Salemba Discussion Forum, Friday (18/9).

Yuri said herd immunity is one of the legal ways to deal with a pandemic or outbreak of an infectious disease such as Covid-19 at this time.

Herd immunity is a condition when a large proportion of people in a group have immunity to a certain infectious disease so that fewer people contract the disease. How to get immunity can be done by vaccination.

Other options do herd immunity is to rely on people who have recovered from Covid-19 first. In this case, herd immunity can occur when more and more infected people who have recovered gain immunity.

“There is what we call herd immunity or herd immunity, and that doesn’t require 100 percent vaccination, “Yuri said.

Yuri said that the Ministry of Health had put down a priority scale for the recipients of the Covid-19 vaccine, which is predicted to be produced starting in 2021. One of the main priorities is health workers who are at the forefront, without exception.

Then, vaccine priority will also be given to those who have a high risk of transmission, such as the group of workers aged 18-59 years, elderly people over 65 years of age, to people who have comorbid or comorbid diseases.

“Because this is mandatory, all health workers who have the competence to inject, whether they are government employees, TNI / Polri, private sector, and others must do that,” he said.

In addition, said Yuri, vaccines will also be given to residents under the age of eight. However, Yuri admitted that he still could not confirm that it was valid about vaccination.

His party is currently still waiting for the development and results of the third phase vaccine clinical trial, which is the result of collaboration with a company from China, Sinovac.

Yuri added that the immune system or immunity of the population that has been vaccinated will only last a maximum of two years.

“In theory, various experts say the Covid-19 vaccination provides immunity between 6 and 24 months, which is about that much,” he said.

Previously, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said the government was seeking access to the Covid-19 vaccine through various schemes, including the potential to obtain it through COVAX, which is also led by the global vaccine alliance (GAVI), the Coalition for Innovation for Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI), and organizations. world health (WHO).

In addition, through a joint working meeting of the House of Representatives Commission IX at the Parliament Complex on Thursday (27/8), Terawan also claimed to have prepared a budget of IDR 3.8 trillion for the down payment for vaccines developed through COVAX.

Most recently, Terawan signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UNICEF, last Wednesday (16/9). In this collaboration, UNICEF will try to assist Indonesia in providing the Covid-19 vaccine evenly, thoroughly and on a large scale.

(khr / fra)

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