Surabaya government backs vaccinations at universities

Surabaya government backs vaccinations at universities

Surabaya Mayor Eri Cahyadi and East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa visited Sunan Ampel Islamic State University (UINSA) to observe a vaccination program conducted on its premises on Wednesday  (August 4 2021). (ANTARA/HO-Humas Pemkot Surabaya/MY)

Surabaya (ANTARA) - The Surabaya City government has said it is supporting the provision of vaccinations at the city's campuses by dispatching vaccinators or healthcare workers for the vaccination programs.

"When the East Java government supplied vaccines for campuses, the Surabaya City government dispatched healthcare workers, and the campuses prepared their locations and their committees," Mayor Eri Cahyadi said during a visit to Sunan Ampel Islamic State University (UINSA) in Surabaya on Wednesday.

He was accompanied by East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa.

All stakeholders in Surabaya City have united to accomplish the mass vaccination program, the mayor said.

"So, campuses can inoculate their civitas academica and the surrounding community, so Surabaya City can show that not only the government acts, but also all stakeholders (can help) make the vaccination program succeed," he remarked.

The Surabaya City government has dispatched 30 vaccinators so far, Cahyadi said. The figure does not include the screening team, he added.

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The UINSA program is targeting to inoculate 2,500 people on Wednesday and another 2,500 on Thursday, he informed.

"God willing, vaccines allocated to here (UINSA) is five thousand, so we are preparing the healthcare workers," he stated.

Cahyadi said he expected that the program would show that stakeholders, in this context, all campuses in Surabaya, were working with the East Java government to eradicate COVID-19.

"It is also to aim for herd immunity in Surabaya City," he added.

UINSA Rector Prof. Masdar Hilmy said that the vaccination program was the result of a collaboration between the East Java government, Surabaya City government, and the university.

"Currently, Mistress Governor has provided five thousand vaccines, 2,500 for today and 2,500 for tomorrow. After that is up to her. If she still wants to host vaccinations here, we are ready (to help)," Hilmy added.

The vaccine program is targeted at lecturers and their families, UINSA staff, as well as the alumni, he informed. The program will also cover people living near the campus who have yet to get a COVID-19 shot, he added

"So, we coordinate in detail, since we do not want any crowd during vaccination process. I check the data every day, to avoid any (big) groups," he said.

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