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Multiple Bali Expats In Ubud Denied The Covid-19 Vaccine

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Several expats have been denied the Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination in Ubud on Thursday (30/9).

The Head of the Ubud Police Department, AKP Made Tama confirmed that some foreign nationals who attempted to receive the Covid-19 vaccine during a vaccination program that was initiated by the Ubud Police Department at Puri Agung Peliatan Ubud were rejected for not having a permission letter from their Embassy which stated that they were allowed to receive the vaccine.

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(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

“Apart from local people in Ubud, we also distributed the Covid-19 vaccine to expats who have been staying in Ubud during the pandemic. But some of them were declined as they were unable to show the permission letter to receive the vaccine from their Embassy as a requirement in accordance with the Health Minister’s Instruction Number 23 2021.” AKP Tama said on Thursday.\

The Indonesian Tourism Minister, Sandiaga Uno has proposed the Covid-19 vaccine to be an entry requirement for both domestic and international visitors in the future.

However, AKP Tama appreciated the enthusiasm of Ubud residents in joining the vaccination program especially in the area that is designated as a green zone area of Covid-19 transmissions. Although many people were enthusiastic to receive the vaccine, Ubud Police Department only provided 300 doses during the program that required online registration to prevent creating a crowd during the event.

“Participants registered themselves through an official website to fill out the registration form before joining the vaccination program that was operated by medical staff from Kenak Medical and nearby clinics.” AKP Tama concluded.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yatika)

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Randy

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

Each province in Indonesia sets its own criteria and rules. Each expat who is lawfully legal and documented in Indonesia possess a KITAS (work permit/legal visa and a personal ID number attached to him or her).

Those who were denied at the vaccination site maybe questionable foreign nationals and are not necessarily expats living and/or working with a legal work permit.

Expats with legal work permit KITAS/ ID number have received a vaccination without the need of an approval letter from respective embassies in Jakarta. A few may do need a letter for other reasons but as long as you have a KITAS/ ID number given by the approriate authority and an unexpired passport you may be good to go.

JjBarkz

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

Meanwhile Indonesians living abroad can access the western vaccines without any paper work at all like in Australia just show up and get the jab don't worry Australia won't use the Chinese ones

Randy

Sunday 3rd of October 2021

@JjBarkz, any visiting nationals from abroad can get vaccinated in the US as well free of charge. The chinese ones are approved for emergency use by WHO and EMA. Only Western countries won't use Sinovac nor Sinopharm let alone Sputnik V.

J West

Friday 1st of October 2021

Racism by envious Asians against Western travelers is very much alive. So many Asians hate Westerners because of the perception of a ‘wealth gap’. This is particularly pronounced in Thailand where even the wealthiest high-so criminals in power scratch for for pennies where westerners are concerned. But strangely it’s these same race hate goons that whine about equality when they move to the west. The actions of a few paint the entire region with the dung of small mindedness.

J West

Monday 4th of October 2021

@Randy, Not true. Embassies were only given a 12 hrs advance ( long expired) to post a notification that only western residents over 75 years old could receive a limited number of jabs. Most who showed up were turned away and it turned out to be another Thai publicity gaffe. Western residents are still refused vaccine unless corporate “ donations” are made. Donations means bribe in Thailand btw. Racism is standard operating procedure in Thailand. Generations of governments purposefully stoke the fire using racist hate rhetoric openly as a nation building propaganda methodology. Racism in Thailand is well defined and specific. It goes right down to colorism. Being brown in Thailand is very low class status compared to the light white skin of the elite Bangkokian. Rich girls don’t sun tan.

J West

Monday 4th of October 2021

@Wayan Bo, 555555….but it’s illegal in Thailand to make any comment on that.

Randy

Sunday 3rd of October 2021

@J West, Btw a farang friend in Thailand has said that a certain Western foreign national friend residing in Thailand received a jab that can only be approved by the Embassy. It has clearly nothing to do with racism.

Randy

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

@J West, being denied from getting a jab has NOTHING TO DO WITH RACISM in Bali or what have you. Each province in Indonesia sets its own criteria and rules. Each expat who is lawfully legal and documented in Indonesia possess a KITAS (work permit/legal visa and a personal ID number attached to him or her).

Those who were denied at the vaccination site maybe questionable foreign nationals and are not necessarily expats (an individual living and/or working in a country other than his or her country of citizenship).

Expats with legal work KITAS/ ID number have received a vaccination without the need of an approval letter from respective embassies in Jakarta. A few may do need a letter for other reasons but as long as you have a KITAS/ ID number given by the approriate authority and an unexpired passport you are good to go.

In the West, Critical race theory has rattled almost all white people. It's the new hot topic. FOR EXAMPLE, YOU are reducing Asians to a "racial essence" and judging them on the basis of "group identity" rather than "individual character, behavior and merit".

Frankly speaking, critical race theory disagree that the laws and institutions of Western societies only appear to be neutral; in truth, they discriminate against black, indigenous and other people of color in countless ways, often invisible to the unaided eye.

Wayan Bo

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

@J West, Thailand’s King spend much time in Bavaria, Germany, perhaps more than in Thailand.

Wayan Bo

Friday 1st of October 2021

It’s there right. Only approved vaccines by FDA and EMA should be offered.

Alan

Friday 1st of October 2021

Well good on the authorities, the rules are the rules.