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Health Ministry Responds to AEFI Deaths from COVID-19 Vaccination

Health Ministry Responds to AEFI Deaths from COVID-19 Vaccination (kemkes)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Regarding the news about two health workers who passed away after receiving COVID-19 vaccination, the Indonesian government expressed their condolences for the incident. The government hopes that the same incident will not happen again.

Prof. Dr. dr. Hindra Irawan Satari Sp.A(K) MTropPaed, Head of the Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI) National Commission, said that body immune does not form right after the first vaccination, if there is some, the number is really low. The body immune will be fully formed 28 days after the second vaccination.

"Even though people have received vaccination, the next two weeks will be really prone to get infected," he said during an online press conference on Monday (02/22/2021).

Hindra said the COVID-19 vaccination needs two doses of injection. The first injection is to trigger the initial immune. The second injection is to strengthen the formed immune response.

"Therefore, after the vaccination, we still have to do social distancing, wearing a mask, washing hands, and avoiding crowds. Since it is still prone, if we act recklessly, there might be something unwanted to happen,” he explains.

The COVID-19 vaccines used are safe and efficacious because the testing process is in accordance with the standards that are set by the World Health Organization.

"From the first phase, second phase, to the third phase, the results are good," he said.

It refers to the clinical test done by the Universitas Padjajaran COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Test Research Team. The test shows that the side effects caused by COVID-19 vaccination are light and tolerable, such as local reactions in the form of pain, redness, or itching.

To anticipate AEFI, the government has prepared handling steps which include providing contact person in every vaccination service post.

Hindra reveals that in Indonesia, the severe side effect proportion is 42 per 1,000,000 and the light one is 5 per 10,000.

Furthermore, Hindra explains that the vaccination is an additional effort to protect someone from COVID-19 contagion. That is why we still have to follow the health protocol for more optimal protection.

"The vaccination is not 100% guaranteed to avoid us from the contagion, but it can reduce the risk of contagion," he said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi M. Epid, spokesperson of COVID-19 Vaccination at the Indonesian Ministry of Health and Director of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control, reminds everyone to keep following the strict health protocols because a person still has a possibility to get infected with COVID-19.

"For all citizens, I urge you that even though there is vaccination, we still have responsibility to follow the health protocols," she says.