Hundreds of pets in Jakarta vaccinated against rabies

Hundreds of pets in Jakarta vaccinated against rabies

A Tebet Food, Maritime, and Agriculture Security Agency staff administers a rabies vaccine to a cat in Bukit Duri Village Office, Tebet on Tuesday (August 24, 2021). (ANTARA PHOTOS/Sihol Hasugian/my)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Bukit Duri Village authorities collaborated with the South Jakarta Food, Maritime, and Agriculture Security Agency (KPKP) to administer rabies vaccinations to hundreds of pet cats and dogs on Tuesday.

Chief Executive of the Tebet Food, Maritime, and Agriculture Security Agency Wahyuni Ambarwati said that the vaccinations were carried out on Tuesday and would be hosted in another village next week.

"We will announce it on the agency's Instagram account; we will make it as available as possible for the general public. How many people will come; we will serve them according to the vaccine stock. Our target is around 600 animals," she informed on Tuesday.

Ambarwati said that the aim of the vaccinations is to make pets immune from rabies.

The vaccination program was initially hosted in the Bukit Duri Village Office, but due to high demand from residents, the Tebet Food, Maritime, and Agriculture Security Agency decided to provide door-to-door vaccinations, she added.

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"Earlier, our officers also visited a resident's home because she had so many pets and it was not possible to bring them here," she said.

Ambarwati said the animals covered by the vaccination program included dogs, cats, monkeys, and foxes. Based on the latest data, 14 dogs, 106 cats, and 2 monkeys were vaccinated during the program, she added.

Ambarwati said that her agency also provided vaccine certificates for animals that were inoculated.

She informed that the agency will also coordinate with residents whose pets had not been vaccinated, and agency officers would visit the residents' homes to provide vaccines.

"The plan is just for today. Next month, it is also scheduled (to be carried out). The public (showed) good response, enthusiastic, many young people were present," she said. 

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