The Provincial Government of Bali will distribute the Sinovac vaccine to 2,999,400 people or 70% of the total population of the Island of the Gods by targeting five specific groups.

First, 30,320 health workers and health facility support personnel will be targeted. Secondly, public servants, namely the Armed Forces, Police Force, teachers, legal officers and others, totaling 263,389 people. Third, socially and economically vulnerable people or approximately 1,290,243 people. Fourth, the community and economic players total 854,756 people.  Fifth, vulnerable people over the age of 60 numbering 560,785 people.

Head of the Provincial Health Office, Ketut Suarjaya, said the initial target for the Sinovac vaccine was people aged 18-59 years. Those aged 60 years and over shall be given a different type of vaccine.

Suarjaya went on to say that as of today, vaccinations had been given to 16 public officials including Bali Governor I Wayan Koster, Commander of the Udayana Regional

Military.

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Command IX Udayana Maj. Gen. Maruli Simanjuntak and Bali Police Chief Inspector General Putu Jayan Danu Putra.

“The same type of vaccine will be given twice with an interval of 14 days,” he said at the Bali Mandara Hospital on Thursday (14/1/2021).

According to Suarjaya, the aim of providing the first vaccine is to establish self and group immunity; secondly to reduce morbidity and mortality due to Covid-19; third to protect and strengthen health systems, and fourth to maintain productivity and minimize socio-economic impacts.

Furthermore, on Friday (15/1) vaccinations by health personnel will be performed in three districts in Bali, namely 12,032 people in the city of Denpasar, 5,533 people in the Badung Regency, and 4,231 people in the Gianyar Regency. The other six districts will start vaccination programs in February 2021 until the vaccination process is complete.

“The government certainly has guaranteed that the vaccines used are in accordance with safety standards and have passed the first clinical trials,” he said.

Author: HL

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