A Deli Serdang resident receives President Jokowi's jacket

A Deli Serdang resident receives President Jokowi's jacket

Screenshot of President Jokowi giving away his jacket to a resident named Sigit during a door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination in Emplasmen Kuala Namu Village, Beringin Sub-district, Deli Serdang District, North Sumatra, Thursday, September 16, 2021. (ANTARA/Youtube Sekretariat Presiden/Indra Arief/my)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Sigit, a resident of Deli Serdang, North Sumatra, was filled with happiness and gratitude after receiving a jacket from President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), who was visiting to review the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination program.

In a video uploaded on the Presidential Secretariat's YouTube Channel, Sigit spoke of being suddenly called by President Jokowi, who gave his jacket to him, saying it was a token of remembrance.

"This is for you to serve as a token of reminiscence," Sigit remarked while repeating what President Jokowi had told him.

Sigit was immensely happy, and this experience will forever remain etched in his memory.

"So proud, (I) will never forget about it. A token of reminiscence. In my whole life, this is the first time the president gave a jacket to me," he stated.

The president gave his jacket to Sigit during the door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination at Emplasmen Kuala Namu Village, Beringin Sub-district, Deli Serdang District, North Sumatra, on Thursday, September 16.

In the Presidential Secretariat's YouTube video, uploaded on Friday, September 17, President Jokowi was seen greeting the villagers, who welcomed his arrival. The president wore a black mask and white shirt while carrying a green jacket.

All of a sudden, the president gestured to one of the residents around him, identified as Sigit.

"(You in the) blue shirt, come here," the president remarked.

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After being allowed by members of the Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres), Sigit then ran to the president. He was silent for a while as was the president.

"What?" the president joked, followed by Sigit and the local residents erupting in laughter.

Amid the warm interaction between the president and residents, Jokowi then offered his green jacket.

The locals, who saw the exchange, burst into applause.

"Thank you, sir," Sigit stated while immediately putting on the jacket.

The president had earlier also given his jacket to residents while observing a vaccination program in Kendari City, Southeast Sulawesi, on June 30, 2021, and while observing the flood victims in East Nusa Tenggara in early April 2021.

While observing the mass vaccination in Beringin, Deli Serdang District, the president reminded the public to always follow health protocols to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

The head of state also urged the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

"Later on, we will invite people to co-exist with COVID-19, which means that health protocols are the key, and vaccination is the key," President Jokowi emphasized.

Jokowi has set a target to vaccinate 70 percent of Indonesia's citizens by the end of 2021 in order to build herd immunity.

Recently, during the UOB Economic Outlook 2022 virtual seminar, the president revealed that 72.76 million people, or 34.94 percent of the population, had been vaccinated, thereby indicating half-way achievement of the goal.

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