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95 Percent of People with Disabilities in Six Provinces Have Received First Dose of Vaccine

Wednesday, 29-September-2021 13:00

Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (right) and Presidential Special Staff Angkie Yudistia (left)
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Indonesian Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini (right) and Presidential Special Staff Angkie Yudistia (left)
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JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - As many as 95% of persons with disabilities in six provinces in Indonesia have completed their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination. The six provinces are Banten, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, and Bali.

"Today we submitted a report of 450,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine for persons with disabilities, a grant from the United Arab Emirates. Currently, dose 2 is continuing," said Presidential Special Staff Angkie Yudistia at the Ministry of Social Affairs Office in Jakarta, on Wednesday (09/29/2021) .

Angkie said that from this percentage, it means that herd immunity for persons with disabilities has been established.

"A total of 225,000 targets for persons with disabilities and their companions have been vaccinated. This cannot be separated from the collaboration of the central government, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Home Affairs. Thank you, Mrs. Minister and her staff and the Social Services Office for working very well, as all data is centralized in the Ministry of Social Affairs through the Social Services Office," Angkie said.

Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini said the accelerating of vaccination for people with disabilities has become a priority, as people with disabilities are one of the groups most vulnerable to being exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

"Ninety-five percent of people with disabilities have been vaccinated, although there are still many families of people with disabilities who do not want to get vaccinated because they are still afraid. This is our homework. We will continue to do dissemination," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

Meanwhile, welcoming the XVI Papua National Paralympic Week (PEPARNAS), the Minister of Social Affairs ensured that all athletes and coaches are vaccinated by October.

"Indeed, we encourage people with disabilities to be able to get vaccinated before leaving, especially in November there will be PEPARNAS XVI. So we encourage and ensure that both athletes and coaches and assistants have been vaccinated by October," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

The acceleration of vaccination for persons with disabilities has been stated in the Ministry of Health Circular Letter No. HK.02.01/MENKES/598/2021 on the Acceleration of the Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccination for the Elderly, People with Disabilities, Educators, and Education Personnel.

The Ministry of Social Affairs cooperates with the Ministry of Home Affairs for data collection and registration of the NIK (population identification number) of persons with disabilities obtained from Social Services Centers, Social Welfare Institutions (LKS) for Persons with Disabilities, Regional Technical Implementation Units (UPTD), and Social Services, Office, as well as cooperating with the Ministry of Health in providing vaccination centers for persons with disabilities.

Collaborative Plan for Social Protection of Persons with Disabilities

Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, said she would collaborate with the Presidential Staff Office in efforts to protect people with disabilities in Indonesia, one of which is providing assistance for people with severe disabilities.

"In the future we will prepare to make regulations to be able to pay attention to people with severe disabilities. Not only do they get social assistance, but their families can be eased for other needs other than basic needs such as food," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

She said that in the effort to assist children who have hearing loss, the Ministry of Social Affairs plans to create a module for parents to train their children to speak.

In addition, for persons with disabilities who are still productive, the Ministry of Social Affairs will provide them with access to a decent living, for example with the tools and equipments that have been made at the Ministry of Social Affairs.

"It is hoped that in the future they (people with disabilities) can be independent," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

Reporter : turkhan
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