Indonesian on-demand platform Gojek said it has launched a COVID-19 vaccination drive for driver-partners across 29 cities and districts to ensure the health and safety of partners as well as customers.
In a statement issued here on Thursday, the company said its vaccination drive is the largest among online transportation companies and is part of its commitment to ensuring the highest health, safety, and cleanliness standards.
Though coronavirus cases have continued to grow in Indonesia, there has been an increase in people’s activities outside of their homes, and this has upped the risk of further COVID-19 spread, according to Gojek’s chief transport officer, Raditya Wibowo.
“For that reason, for approximately the last four months, we continue to optimize our vaccination program in order to increase the safety and security of our driver-partners and Gojek customers on the road,” Wibowo said.
The company has also launched a feature within its app that allows passengers to check the vaccination status of their designated driver-partner. The feature is available on the latest version of the app, he informed.
Gojek has continued to collaborate with several parties, including Halodoc, the central and regional governments, as well as other related authorities to speed up the vaccination of all partners in Indonesia, he added.
Meanwhile, director of land transportation at the Ministry of Transportation, Ahmad Yani, has lauded the measures carried out by Gojek and dubbed its vaccination drive, which has covered 29 areas in less than four months, as an “extraordinary achievement”.
“I am optimistic that if all cross-sector players contribute to accelerating the government’s vaccination drive, as Gojek has been doing, we will soon recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
According to the director of the Center for Policy and Public Management at the Bandung Technology Institute’s School of Business and Management, Yudo Anggoro, the vaccination program has become the focus of many parties because it would not only benefit public health, but also give people who need to carry out activities outside the home a greater sense of security.
“Especially in the transportation sector, we found that the triggering factor for people's sense of security, when required to travel, was the transportation driver's vaccination status. This is, of course, the result of the collective efforts of the government and the private sector (players), such as Gojek, who continue to expand the vaccination program according to their respective fields and industries,” he said. (INF)
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