The Ministry of Health will distribute refrigeration units to store Covid-19 vaccine from American company Pfizer. Distribution is initially planned to provinces in Java and Bali.
Spokesperson for Covid-19 Vaccination from the Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi said the refrigeration units to be distributed are on loan from the United States.
“In the next 1-2 weeks we will distribute the refrigerators, with the focus of course on Java and Bali. As we are learning to manage vaccines at -70°C, this is something new for us to manage,” Tarmizi said on Thursday (26/8).
Tarmizi said the distribution of refrigeration units will be carried out gradually to other areas outside Java and Bali when the Pfizer vaccine arrives in larger quantities.
To date, Indonesia has only received 1,560,780 doses of the planned 50 million doses of Pfizer vaccine. When the Pfizer vaccine arrives in larger quantities, the Ministry of Health will provide 55 refrigeration units from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
“Currently we have not determined the exact allocation of distribution,” she said.
Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin previously explained that Pfizer’s vaccine currently only lasts for 6 weeks if distributed to districts or cities.
This is because the vaccine storage facilities in regional areas are not equipped to store Pfizer vaccine for up to 6 months.
According to Sadikin, currently cold chain storage logistics infrastructure in regional areas is only capable of cooling to -25°C. At this temperature, Pfizer’s vaccine can only last up to two weeks.