- Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he will be taking the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in their country
- He also laid out their mass vaccination plan and assured the vaccines will be free for all
- Widodo said Indonesians have no reason not to take the vaccine
Indonesian President Joko Widodo proudly announced that he will be taking the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in their country.
Seen as the answer to put an end the worldwide pandemic, the COVID-19 vaccine has caused both anticipation and anxiety among the public. While everyone is hopeful to finally find a solution to curb the spread of COVID-19, others cannot help but be hesitant on its efficacy and safety.
To lead his country toward mass vaccination, Widodo assured Indonesians that there is no reason not to take the vaccine. He also said the vaccines are free of charge for all.
“I will personally become the first recipient (of the vaccine) to boost trust among the people that the vaccines used are safe,” Widodo said on a video uploaded on his Twitter account.
“After receiving inputs from citizens and after we conducted recalculation regarding state coffers, I can say that COVID-19 vaccines for citizens will be free. Free and no fee whatsoever,” Jokowi added.
He also went on to share their mass vaccination program has been laid out to ensure everyone’s health and safety against COVID-19. The government assured they have enough funds to procure vaccines for all.
“Therefore, I instructed all Cabinet members, ministries, agencies and regional governments to prioritise vaccination in their 2021 budget. I also instruct the finance minister to prioritise and reallocate other expenses to ensure the availability of these free vaccines so there will be no reason for people not to get vaccinated,” Widodo said.
The country had received 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from China’s Sinovac Biotech early week of December. They are set to receive raw materials to produce 15 million doses from the same company before 2020 ends.