"We have to start learning to coexist with COVID-19 because it will not completely disappear from our country," President Jokowi noted in his statement while reviewing the implementation of mass vaccinations for students and the community in Aceh Province, Thursday.
As witnessed through the Presidential Secretariat's YouTube video, the President said that vaccination was one of the keys to thwarting the transmission of COVID-19.
Jokowi is optimistic that by expediting vaccination, the rate of COVID-19 transmission in the country could be controlled.
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"I am sanguine that with more people getting vaccinated, maximum protection will be ensured for all of us," he stated.
Vaccination in Aceh, which was reviewed by the president, was held by the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) for students and the general public.
The vaccination was offered door-to-door by medical intelligence officers from BIN for students and residents at three locations, with the first being a densely populated settlement at Lambro Bileu Village, Kuta Baro, Aceh Besar, while the second at Mireuk Village, Krueng, Barona Jaya, Aceh Besar, and the third at the Dayah Istiqamatuddin Darul Mu'arrif Islamic Boarding School, Aceh Besar District.
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The head of state noted that the door-to-door vaccination activity was held to expedite the process and to provide services to the community directly.
The first case of COVID-19 in Indonesia was confirmed in March 2020. According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency's (BNPB's) data, as of September 15, 2021, some 4,178,164 people had been tested positive for COVID-19, while 3,953,519 people recovered, and 139,682 people succumbed to the deadly virus.
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