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Journalists Prioritized For Vaccination As Second Vaccine Supply Arrives In Bali

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As the second supply of Sinovac vaccines arrive in Bali, the government decided that journalists will be amongst the first to get vaccinated after healthcare workers. 

Bali Governor Wayan Koster said that journalists will be prioritized as their job requires mostly field work and travel.

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He explained the intensity of work in journalism puts journalists at high risk as prevention protocols like physical distancing are harder to maintain.

“We will prioritize the journalists as it seems impossible for them to avoid crowds while collecting information on the field” said Koster during a press conference at his official residence in Denpasar on Tuesday (5/1). 

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Speaking to the media, Koster explained that before journalists, healthcare workers remain the prime focus.

Additionally, Koster will focus on distributing the vaccine to provincial government officials, including the governor and his staff, military and police department.

Meanwhile, the second delivery of vaccine supply arrived in Bali this morning (7/1) through a commercial flight at Ngurah Rai International Airport.

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20,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines were escorted by police trucks on route to the Health Agency on Jalan Melati, Denpasar, to be stored inside a cold room.

The government is aiming to vaccinate 70 percent of the Bali population.

“We expect at least 2.9 million people (70% population) in Bali to be vaccinated by the final stage of the vaccination program to create immunity among people in the island” said the Head of Bali Health Agency, Dr. Ketut Suarjaya.

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