Social Affairs Ministry Supports the Acceleration of Vaccines for the Disabled
Friday, 02-July-2021 21:27
JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs seeks to provide protection for people with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"One of the emergency response services is to socialize the prevention of COVID-19 and issue guidance for assistance at the social services centers," said Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismaharini, also known as Risma.
The Minister of Social Affairs made this statement while speaking at a webinar titled 'Vaccines for Disabilities: Providing inclusive access for all,' in Jakarta, on Friday (07/02/2021).
The provision of vaccines for persons with disabilities has not been included in the priority. Therefore, the Ministry of Social Affairs sent a letter to the Ministry of Health.
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The letter, numbered S.36/MS/B/4.3/DI.01/3/2021, was related to efforts to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination for persons with disabilities with an initial target of 564,080 people.
"Alhamdullilah (thank God), the Minister of Health has asked Mrs. Risma scheduled it immediately. We are preparing the vaccines for people with disabilities along with the elderly," said the Social Affairs Minister.
The vaccinations for people with disabilities do not necessarily run smoothly, as there are several health, geographical constraints, and concerns after vaccination.
Most people with disabilities do not yet have a Population Identification Number (NIK), and hoaxes are circulating that reduce the interest of people with disabilities to be vaccinated.
"The immune system, when facing a disease, can actually be formed naturally when someone is infected with a virus or other bacteria," said the Minister of Social Affairs.
Coronavirus infection has a high risk of death and transmission, so other ways are needed to build the immune system through vaccination.
"Vaccination is conducted to create herd immunity so that people can be more productive in their daily activities, so that the economy can gradually grow," Risma added.
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