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The regional government of Bali announced that people who refuse COVID-19 vaccination can face a sentence of up to 1 year imprisonment. 

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The Deputy Minister of Law and Human Rights, Edward Hiariej made the official announcement on Saturday (9/1).

“There will be sanctions for the people who refuse to get vaccinated, as it is our responsibility to stop this pandemic” said Hiariej during a webinar on the Indonesian Doctor Association YouTube Channel.

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The Deputy Minister, who is also a professor of criminal law at Gadjah Mada University, said that criminal provisions for vaccination opponents are regulated in Law Number 6 of 2018 concerning Health Quarantine.

Article 93 of the law states, every person who does not comply with the administration of health quarantine and/or obstructs the implementation of health quarantine, causing a public health emergency can be sentenced to a maximum imprisonment of one year and/or a maximum fine USD7142 (IDR100 million).

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“When we state that the vaccine is an obligation, a penalty will await the disobedient. They could be imprisoned or fined or maybe both,” Hiariej added.

He also admitted that the sanction will be the last resort. He will try a lighter approach while introducing this policy, preparing the people beforehand.

Meanwhile President Joko Widodo is scheduled to get vaccinated this week as officials anticipate Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drugs Administration.

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