Vaccination continues to be encouraged by the provincial government of Bali. The goal is to be able to open phase 1 tourism this June, especially in green zones such as Nusa Dua, Sanur, and Ubud.
The Governor of Bali who is also the Chairperson of the Bali Covid-19 Handling Task Force, Wayan Koster, said that the acceleration of vaccination continues to be carried out massively in Bali with a target of 70 percent of the Balinese population or the equivalent of 3 million people.
This program has vaccinated more than 580 thousand people, with 380 thousand of them getting their first vaccinations.
The vaccinations are carried out with priority and specific targets, namely the green zone of Ubud, Nusa Dua, and Sanur. Vaccination is also carried out linearly in health facilities, assisted by TNI (army) / Polri vaccinators.
“Our target is that the implementation of vaccination in the green area will be completed until June 2021 and other areas await the arrival of vaccines from the center,” Wayan Koster said on Thursday (3/1).
Bali Governor Wayan Koster has claimed that the customary village-based imposition of micro-scale public activity restrictions (PPKM Mikro) has helped push down the COVID-19 infection rate on the resort island.
“Bali’s number of new confirmed cases, counted daily, has shown a downward trend since the imposition of this PPKM Mikro policy,” Koster said in a press statement.
In addition to the enforcement of PPKM Mikro that has contributed to the decline in the province’s infection rate, residents’ awareness on abiding by the government’s health protocols has also improved, he informed.
At present, Bali’s COVID-19 recovery rate is recorded at 93,10 percent, while its death rate stands at 2,86 percent, and infection rate at 4,05 percent, he said, adding that the authorities are also taking stern action against those found violating health protocols.
“Foreign tourists found guilty of violating the government’s health protocols are subject to legal sanctions, including getting fined Rp1 million and deported,” Koster said.
As of March 28, 2021, Indonesia has set up 7.664 command posts in 15 provinces to impose PPKM Mikro.
The 7.664 command posts are in charge of prevention measures for 12.619.259 households in 193.550 neighborhood units, according to the COVID-19 task force.
Indonesia has been striving to win the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic since the government officially announced the country’s first cases on March 2, 2020.
The government has rolled out a nationwide vaccination program since January 13 this year to stem the spread of the disease.
The Health Ministry estimates it will take 15 months to vaccinate around 181,5 million people under the national program.
“We need 15 months to accomplish it. The time-frame for conducting the vaccination is counted from January 2021 to March 2022,” Health Ministry’s spokesperson for the vaccination program, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, stated recently.
During the period, the government is targeting to inoculate about 181,5 million people, including 1,3 million paramedics and 17,4 million public sector workers in 34 provinces, she informed.
Tarmizi noted that the first phase of the government’s immunization program has been divided into two periods: January-April, 2021 and April 2021-March, 2022.
Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has affirmed that all TNI personnel will participate in the vaccination program.
Indonesia’s COVID-19 infection rate crossed one million cases on January 26, 2021.
photo: Dinas Kesehatan Provinsi Bali