Jakarta (ANTARA) - National Public Health Expert Association (IAKMI) stressed the work load of healthcare workers is an important issue that must be considered, following the case of a nurse who allegedly gave empty vaccines to residents in Pluit, North Jakarta. "This is not just issue about whether the vaccines were empty or not. There is work load, there is psychological burden, there is trauma. Procedures must be better," Hermawan Saputra from IAKMI said at a discussion, themed, “Vaccination to Reach Herd Immunity,” held in Jakarta on Thursday.

He also stressed the importance of gauging the work load of healthcare workers to see if it is appropriate for them to vaccinate many people over a certain timeframe.

"Because of the very wide coverage, the pressure upon the health workforce is considerable. Therefore, quality and safety are compromised," Saputra added.

Due to this issue, should a party wish to expand the mass vaccination coverage, the ability of healthcare workers needs to be considered.

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Vaccine supply also needs to be assessed in order to make the vaccination drive effective, and supply needs to be supported and backed up by the Health Ministry and Health Office, the National Defense Force, the Police Force, and public organizations and political parties, he further added.

"This is a good initiative. It is a part of the pentahelix collaboration. If quality assurance covering the supply of vaccines is not supervised, then it can become a risk. This is a challenge involved in vaccination," he warned.

A nurse with the initials, EO, was named a suspect after injecting empty vaccines in Pluit, North Jakarta.

She admitted she had already vaccinated 559 people to the North Jakarta Metro Police.

"I apologize, especially to the families, parents and kids I have vaccinated. I deeply apologize," she said.

Police criminally charged EO in accordance to Article 14 of Law No. 4 for 1984 on Infectious Disease, and she could have been sentenced to a year in jail.

However, the police later dropped the case following mediation between EO and the victims’ families.

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Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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