Indonesia launches private COVID-19 vaccination scheme

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By Wisdom Deji-Folutile

Indonesia has kicked off a private vaccination scheme that would inoculate at least 10 million people against COVID-19.

According to a health ministry regulation, the price for a single dose of Sinopharm vaccine is 500,000 Indonesian Rupiahs, equivalent to $35.

Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Rosan Roeslani, has said more than 22,000 companies had registered to get more than their 10 million employees and their families vaccinated.

Their vaccinations would be paid for by their respective companies ranging from labour-intensive manufacturers to micro-small medium-sized enterprises.

Indonesia President, Joko Widodo, expressed that he was delighted with the development as Indonesia’s goal to get 181 million people vaccinated has not been forthcoming.

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Only about 22 million jabs have been administered under the government vaccination programme, out of which eight million people have had their second jab.

“I am glad the private vaccination drive has commenced. I hope everyone will be protected from COVID-19, and the plants in these industrial and business zones can be more productive.

“This private vaccination drive could accelerate the inoculation programme in Indonesia,” Widodo said.

According to Widodo, the private inoculation drive will be using vaccine from China’s Sinopharm and CanSino.

The government is also in the process of acquiring doses of Russia’s Sputnik vaccine.

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