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Social Affairs Ministry Supports Acceleration of Vaccination for People with Disabilities

Monday, 02-August-2021 21:25

Social Affairs Ministry Supports Acceleration of Vaccination for People with Disabilities
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Social Affairs Ministry Supports Acceleration of Vaccination for People with Disabilities
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JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs continues to support the acceleration of COVID-19 vaccination for Persons with Disabilities by making several efforts that include data collection and assistance.

Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma, said  the expediting of vaccination for people with disabilities should be a priority, as people with disabilities are one of the groups most vulnerable to being exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

"This is also a form of state guarantee for the right to health for persons with disabilities, in accordance with Law No. 8 Year 2016 on Persons with Disabilities," Risma said at an online press conference for Vaccination of Persons with Disabilities in Java and Bali, on Monday (08/02/2021).

The Ministry of Social Affairs provides data on persons with disabilities from social services centers, Social Welfare Institutions (LKS) for Persons with Disabilities, and Regional Technical Implementation Units (UPTD) as vaccination targets.

"I also ask all Regional Heads to help facilitate access to vaccinations for people with disabilities. We have sent letters to the Heads of Social Services in Java and Bali to collect data on candidates (people with disabilities) to receive vaccinations," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

From the coordination of the Ministry of Social Affairs with the Ministry of Health and the Office of Social Affairs in Java-Bali, it was recorded that the targets in Java and Bali reached 225,000 persons with disabilities, and data had been collected for 112,471 people. This figure consists of 106,357 data from the Social Service and 6,114 data from the Health Office.

Risma continued that the Ministry of Social Affairs, through the its social services centers throughout Indonesia, also provides places for vaccination as well as assistance services for persons with disabilities to vaccination centers, including picking up and returning to home.

The Minister of Social Affairs said that initially, people with disabilities were not included in the priority scheme for the COVID-19 vaccination. Then, the Ministry of Social Affairs moved quickly to send a letter to the Minister of Health regarding the Acceleration of the Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccination for Persons with Disabilities.

"Alhamdulillah (thank God), the Health Ministry immediately responded with vaccinations for people with disabilities in Jakarta through Circular Letter No. HK.02.01/MENKES/598/2021 on the Acceleration of the Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccination for Elderly People, People with Disabilities, and Educators and Education Personnel," said the Minister of Social Affairs.

Meanwhile, Special Staff to the President, Angkie Yudhistia, said that the expediting of vaccination for persons with disabilities is carried out in three stages, namely data collection, distribution, and the vaccination process.

"For data collection, there is collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture, organizations of persons with disabilities etc. For distribution, there is collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Health Office, as well as the process of vaccines reaching recipients assisted by the provincial government," said Angkie.

Meanwhile, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said the Sinovac vaccines were received by Central Java Province and distributed to districts/cities.

"The messages from the Minister of Social Affairs were about facilitation. We are ready to implement it. Some of the vaccinations for persons with disabilities have been carried out, and the vaccination just needs to continue and be accelerated," said Ganjar.

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