"Is there any of you here who is not willing to be vaccinated? All of you want to be vaccinated, Alhamdulillah (thank God). If any of you are not willing to be vaccinated, you will not only harm yourselves, but also other people," he said at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Friday.
The head of state made the remarks while handing out working capital assistance to around 60 micro and small entrepreneurs at a function, which was also attended by Minister/State Secretary Pratikno.
None of the entrepreneurs raised hands when they heard the President's question.
"The vaccination is just like children's immunization. That's all," Widodo observed.
Immunization could be one of the ways to help Indonesia return to normal, he stressed.
"One point away, Insya Allah (God willing), we will return to normal. The vaccination will commence next week. I will be the first (Indonesian) to be administered. Next will be doctors, nurses, and the public," he said.
As reported earlier, President Jokowi will get the Sinovac vaccine jab on Wednesday (January 13, 2021), along with ministers and other public officials.
"Nearly 5.8 million (Indonesians) will be vaccinated in January. In total, 182 million (Indonesians) will be vaccinated. With each citizen receiving two shots of the vaccination, 182 million (Indonesians) will need almost 400 million vaccine doses," he said.
While the vaccination will be conducted in stages, the President cautioned that the situation will not immediately start returning to normal.
"The vaccination will start next week. However, the condition will not immediately return to normal. That's why I ask ladies and gentlemen to tell your neighbors, families, and friends that they must remain disciplined in following the health protocols -- wearing masks, washing hands after carrying out activities, and keeping a safe distance. Remain disciplined. And avoid crowds," he remarked.
The government has ordered 329.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from several sources. (INE)
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