The Bali Military Force in Denpasar has started distributing Covid-19 vaccines to their children from the age 12 to 17 years old on Friday (2/7).
The Head of Udayana IX Bali Military Health, Colonel Ckm Dr. I Made Mardika confirmed that Bali has become the first province in Indonesia that will distribute the Covid-19 vaccine to children. “This is the first time where the children of our military forces from the age of 12 to 17 years old will receive the Covid-19 vaccine.” Colonel Mardika said on Friday (2/7).
During the vaccination program that was held at the Udayana Health Military Force Denpasar, Mardika explained that the authorities distributed the Covid vaccine from Sinovac with only half of the normal dose. He also said that this program is open not only to the children from the Military Force, but also for public civilians. “The vaccination site is open for public civilians, and it will be operated everyday as we still have plenty of Covid vaccines that are available.” Mardika added.
On the first day, the vaccination site distributed the vaccine to over 300 people, and 150 of them were children. People are required to show their ID before receiving the vaccine at the site. Mardika also plans to implement this program to the nearby regions in the near future to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmissions for the children in those areas. “We plan to do a similar program in West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara as we still have 14,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine left. We also keep reminding the children to comply with prevention protocols.” Mardika concluded.