Hi Indo! – The Indonesian government plans to oblige children to receive the Corona Vaccine, this statement was made by the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health for COVID-19 Vaccination, Siti Nadia Tarmizi.

“Parents must work hard to help while waiting for the COVID-19 vaccination,” she said in a webinar to prevent the third wave of the corona virus, ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays, Tuesday (17/11).

Tarmizi, who is also the Director of Prevention and Control of Directly Infectious Diseases at the Ministry of Health, revealed that many children have not completed their vaccinations for measles, polio and hepatitis, which must be given every year.

“Regular immunization is an exercise that has been proven to provide protection for children. It is very important to do this whilst waiting for the COVID-19 vaccination for children,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) has granted a permit for the emergency use of the Sinovac vaccine for children aged 6 to 11 years. Previously, BPOM gave permission to use the Sinovac vaccine for children aged 12 to 18 years.

“The approval from BPOM will help increase vaccination coverage to around 26-27 million children,” said Tarmizi. An additional 58 million to 59 million vaccines will be needed to include the younger age bracket, which has not yet been allocated for the remainder of 2021, she said.

“However, the government has ordered additional doses and the purchase is approved by the vaccine manufacturer,” she said. Additional vaccines are expected to be delivered in early 2022.

“COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 6 to 11 are expected to begin in January or February 2022,” Tarmizi said.

“It will be difficult to get additional vaccines this year. The earliest we can vaccinate children aged 6 to 11 is January or February next year,” She concluded.