Officials from the central government have confirmed that the majority of disabled people in Bali have received the Covid-19 vaccine.
The President’s Staff for Social Field, Angkie Yudistia confirmed that 94% of Bali residents who suffer with disabilities have received the Covid-19 vaccine. “The second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine is currently being rolled out by the central government to create herd immunity for disabled people on the island.” Angkie said during an event called ‘Assistant Empowerment For The Youth With Special Needs’, which took place in Nusa Dua on Thursday (23/9).
She explained that the current vaccination program was initiated by the central government after recently receiving a total of 450,000 doses of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine from the Royal Family of the United Arab Emirates. “With this program we aim to distribute the vaccine to around 250,000 disabled people in 6 different provinces across the country, while the people who live outside those 6 provinces can still get the vaccine at the nearest medical facilities in their area.” Angkie added.
According to data from The Indonesian Statistic Center in 2018, around 38 million people in Indonesia suffer from physical disabilities. Meanwhile Angkie will begin to distribute the Covid-19 vaccine to children ages 12 to 18 years old. “After prioritizing people above 18 years old to receive the vaccine, we will start to target our disabled children to receive the Covid-19 vaccine through their schools.” Angkie concluded.
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