The student vaccination program is (being conducted) at the instruction of President Joko Widodo. The vaccination itself can protect you and your family
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The State Intelligence Agency (BIN) held COVID-19 vaccinations for 72 thousand students and the general public spread across 10 provinces in Indonesia on Thursday.

President Joko Widodo directly reviewed the implementation of vaccinations conducted in Aceh and virtually reviewed vaccinations in nine other provinces.

"The student vaccination program is (being conducted) at the instruction of President Joko Widodo. The vaccination itself can protect you and your family," Head of BIN General Police (retd.) Budi Gunawan noted in a press release received here, Thursday.

In addition to holding vaccinations, BIN distributed social assistance and vitamins in 10 provinces.

The 10 provinces are Aceh Besar District (Aceh), Deli Serdang District and Serdang Bedagai District (North Sumatra), Karawang District (West Java), Banyumas District (Central Java), Malang District (East Java), Sleman District (Special Region of Yogyakarta), Banjar District , Banjarmasin City, and Tanah Laut District (South Kalimantan), Kutai Kartanegara District and Balikpapan City (East Kalimantan), Pekanbaru City (Riau), and Bantaeng District (South Sulawesi).

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Specifically, in Aceh, the vaccination was conducted door-to-door by medical intelligence officers from BIN for students and residents at three locations, with the first being in a densely populated settlement in Lambro Bileu Village, Kuta Baro, Aceh Besar, while the second in Mireuk Village, Krueng, Barona Jaya, Aceh Besar, and the third at the Islamic boarding school/Dayah Istiqamatuddin, Darul Mu'arrif, Aceh Besar.

Gunawan believes that if the COVID-19 pandemic can be controlled, then face-to-face teaching and learning processes can be implemented immediately.

He was also optimistic that the target to vaccinate 70 percent of the population to build community immunity would be achieved by the end of 2021.

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Furthermore, Gunawan remarked that the COVID-19 vaccination held by BIN aimed to accelerate the government's vaccination program to administer three million doses per day.

The BIN head also expressed gratitude and praised the community and all parties that helped to make the COVID-19 vaccination program a success as a preventive measure against COVID-19.

Gunawan reminded the public to not only protect themselves through vaccination but also to implement health protocols strictly.

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Translator: Rangga Pandu, Raka Adji
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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