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Denpasar Mayor Wants To Vaccinate Expats For Free In Sanur For Green Zone Preparation

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To make Sanur a Green Zone, all residents will be vaccinated, said Denpasar Mayor IGN Jaya Negara. This includes those who have Denpasar ID cards or work/live in Sanur. His party is considering extending the vaccine program to expats as well. 

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The Mayor said he plans to accelerate the green zone program that was initiated by the central government to create a healthy and safe tourist environment before reopening the border.

He noted that he plans to distribute the vaccine to everyone who is living or temporarily staying in Sanur, both locals and expats. He initiated this discussion after observing that many expats decided to stay in Sanur during the pandemic.

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“I realized that there are many foreign nationals who decided to stay in Sanur since the pandemic struck,” said Jaya Negara during an interview at his office in Denpasar on Wednesday (17/3).

He also claimed that this program will create a better image for Bali as a safe tourist destination, raising confidence with international tourists. Jaya Negara is currently communicating this plan with the central government to discuss whether it’s feasible.

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“I’m still discussing this program with central government whether it’s possible to distribute the Covid-19 vaccine to foreign nationals for free or not, as they granted the vaccine for Indonesian citizens at the government’s expense” Jaya Negara added.

Additionally, he said that 100,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca will be arriving this week in Bali. “We have prepared 22 locations of vaccine distribution place in Denpasar area such as Wangaya Hospital, Sanglah Hospital and Health Agency Office. With a total of 176 medical staff, we targeted to distribute the vaccine to at least 30,000 people within 3 weeks” Jaya Negara concluded.

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Wayan Bo

Thursday 18th of March 2021

There are medical opinions in Europe that AstraZeneca should not to be injected to people who smoke or take anti baby pills or booth.

J West

Thursday 18th of March 2021

Let’s hope foreign visitors and Balinese service staff stay strictly inside the ‘green zone’ so that virus wont be unable to travel outside to those villagers communities while persons traveling in and out for work or leisure might accidentally transmit Covid to family and community.

In Thailand the government proposed that hotel staff also be confined to the quarantine area as long as 14 days while foreign visitors in quarantine/isolation were present. It wasn’t revived well by staff who couldn’t return home for as long as 14 days and more at a time.

Randy

Thursday 18th of March 2021

Whether it is free or not it depends on the attitude of the expats residing in Bali. Some may be anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers. Should the expats regard Bali as their temporary residence, they could boost a more positive image while putting Bali back on the map as a desirable destination once borders are open again.

Expats need to be aware that those who reside overseas may not have access with the vaccines of choice by their respective countries. Follow the health guidelines of the host country to be vaccinated locally if it comes to that.

Alan

Thursday 18th of March 2021

Why do we keep seeing expats in the photos not wearing masks as required ? maybe they should pay for the vaccinations ! but more than likely they will decline any offers of vaccinations