The Governor of Bali Wayan Koster launched a Covid-19 vaccination program for children aged 12-17 years in the province on Monday (5/7).
“The declaration of the Covid-19 vaccination (program) for children is centered at SMAN 4 Denpasar, which shall be followed simultaneously in all regencies/cities by the Regent/Mayor,” said the Province of Bali Regional Secretary Dewa Made Indra in Denpasar on Sunday.
In addition to being an important component of managing the pandemic, Dewa Indra said vaccination for children aged 12-17 years is intended to accelerate face-to-face learning plans, especially for junior high and high school levels.
Dewa Indra, who is also the Daily Chair of the Bali Provincial Covid-19 Handling Task Force, conveyed several important items that must be considered in providing vaccinations to children aged 12-17 years.
First, vaccinations are to be carried out in health care facilities or in schools including religious and Islamic boarding schools in coordination with the Education Office and the local Ministry of Religion/Regional Offices to facilitate data collection and monitoring of implementation.
Second, the screening, implementation and observation mechanisms are the same as for vaccinations for those over the age of 18. Third, vaccination participants must bring a family identification card (Kartu Keluarga) or other document that includes the child’s national identification number (NIK).
Fourth, the records in the PCare application of vaccinations will be included in the adolescent group. Another key point for officers is to vaccinate children aged 12-17 years using the two 0.5ml doses of the Sinovac vaccine with an interval of at least 28 days.
Dewa Indra hopes for the support and active role of all elements of society to ensure the Covid-19 vaccination program is a success for children aged 12-17. This program was implemented partly due to the latest data showing that the trend of transmission in children has become an increasing concern.
Data as of June 29, 2021 revealed that more than 2 million people in Indonesia have been confirmed to be Covid-19 positive, including 10.6 % active cases.
Almost 260,000 confirmed cases in Indonesia are children aged 0-18 years. More than 108,000 cases are in the 12-17 year age range.
More than 600 deaths of children aged 0-18 years old have been recorded, 197 of whom were aged 12-17 years with the Case Fatality Rate in that age group of 0.18 %.
In addition to starting vaccinations for children aged 12-17 years, starting in July, the government will also provide stage 3 vaccinations for vulnerable groups and the general public.