In response to the concern regarding the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in Bali, Governor Wayan Koster has decided to take the first shot of the vaccine alongside healthcare workers.
“We have to comply with central government policies regarding the vaccination program. We believe that all safety checks have been completed to assure that this vaccine is safe to use. Other countries are doing the same thing to fight this pandemic” said Koster on Tuesday (5/1).
He tried to reassure the people that this program will help the situation in Bali.
Koster made arrangements with the Head of Bali Military and Bali Police Department to take the first shot of the vaccine following the footsteps of Indonesian President, Joko Widodo.
President Widodo has committed to take the vaccine once the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drugs Administration is issued.
The Head of Bali Health Agency, Dr. Ketut Suarjaya confirmed that the vaccine has passed a clinical evaluation in Bandung.
“The vaccine passed very strict clinical testing in Bandung, West Java before being distributed to assure safety and effectiveness” said Suarjaya on Tuesday (5/1).
Suarjaya mentioned that the recent holiday season in Bali has not shown a significant increase in transmission.
He added that the provincial government will continue to monitor the situation and report updates regarding COVID-19 cases.
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