Head of Physical Welfare of the Mobile Brigade Corps Senior Commissioner Danu Waspodo noted in a written statement on Friday that vaccination for children with special needs was conducted to celebrate the 76th anniversary of Indonesia's independence that falls on August 17.
"Today, Brimob Corps and the Bhayangkara Brimob Hospital are collaborating with the Depok Health Office and Education Office in holding vaccination for people with special needs and disabilities in Depok," Waspodo affirmed.
He noted that 300 people with special needs would be covered in the vaccination conducted at two target areas in Depok namely Beji and Pancoran.
Waspodo pointed out that the vaccination activity differed from the usual vaccination at other places. Vaccine recipients with special needs and disabilities required more attention from vaccinators.
"There is a difference in administering vaccinations for people with disabilities. They are very attentive for people with disabilities. Hence, a day prior, the hospital and specialist doctors conduct screening of participants to be vaccinated," he noted.
This vaccination was conducted to follow up on the National Police's directive to pursue vaccination targets in a bid to achieve herd immunity in Indonesia, according to Waspodo.
Waspodo emphasized the need for vaccinating all, including people with special needs.
"Our commander has given directions to us to always expedite vaccination. Hence, we push for holding this vaccination program, including for people with special needs and disabilities," he affirmed.
Depok Mayor Idris Abdul Shomad lauded the corps' efforts in his area.
"I view the effort as a proof of the Indonesian government's commitment to tackling this pandemic. Everyone can collaborate. I express my utmost respect and gratitude," Shomad affirmed.
In this activity, the Brimob Corps also offered social assistance to YPLB Nusantara in the form of food packages and daily necessities as well as free medical cards for children with special needs at the Bhayangkara Brimob Hospital.
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