Indonesia kicks off private vaccination scheme using Chinese vaccines
Indonesia kicks off private vaccination scheme using Chinese vaccines

JAKARTA: Indonesia Tuesday launched a private vaccination scheme that will vaccine at least 10 million people against Covid-19. Their inoculations will be paid for by their respective companies ranging from labour-intensive manufacturers to MSMEs.

"This private vaccination drive could accelerate the inoculation programme in Indonesia. I am glad the private vaccination drive has commenced. I hope everyone will be protected from Covid-19 and the plants in these industrial and business zones can be more productive," President Joko Widodo said when he attended the launch at a Unilever plant Cikarang, West Java province.

The launch was held jointly via video conference with other companies from 18 locations in industrial zones around the capital, Jakarta.

The private inoculation drive is using vaccine from China's Sinopharm and CanSino.The government is still in negotiations to import Russia's Sputnik vaccine for the private scheme. The vaccination drive is being coordinated by the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce.

The Health Ministry requires that the jabs used should be different from the brands used by the government vaccination programme.

Also, the private entities that take part should buy the vaccines from a state-owned vaccine importer and pledge not to pass on the costs to their employees, in keeping with the government's free vaccination drive for all citizens.

The Chairman of the chamber of commerce, Rosan Roeslani, said more than 22,000 companies have registered to get more than their 10 million employees and their families vaccinated.


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