Gain public trust that vaccination is safe, halal: President Jokowi

Gain public trust that vaccination is safe, halal: President Jokowi

President Jokowi gives his remarks during the National Movement for Vaccination on Seven Million Residents of Plantations and Productive Villages in 17 Provinces event organized by the Projo organization and the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI). (ANTARA/Indra Arief)

All parties should collaborate to offer a sense of assurance to the public that vaccination is safe and halal
Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) urged all parties to collaborate to lend assurance to the public that COVID-19 vaccination is safe and halal, so the country can immediately achieve herd immunity, with more citizens getting vaccinated.

"All parties should collaborate to offer a sense of assurance to the public that vaccination is safe and halal while also expediting vaccinations in all reachable areas to cover as many citizens as possible," Jokowi noted virtually during the National Movement for Vaccination on seven million residents of plantations and productive villages in 17 provinces, an event organized by the non-governmental organization Projo and the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI), which was monitored from the GAPKI IPOA YouTube channel, here, Friday.

To this end, the president welcomed the good gesture of Projo and GAPKI to help the government in expediting vaccinations for Indonesian citizens.

According to Jokowi, it is crucial to support the plantation and agriculture sectors in handling COVID-19 since they are strategic sectors that are of key importance to the community. In addition, the growth of plantation and agricultural sectors is also positive amid the pandemic.

The head of state reminded the public that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic could not be forecast. Hence, he invited the public to help stem the spread of COVID-19 through joint efforts.

He appealed to the public to continue to adhere to health protocols and get accustomed to it despite having received the COVID-19 vaccination.

Jokowi believes that the new habit of adhering to health protocols, if followed diligently by all segments of society, right from business actors, farmers, and planters to students in schools, will be an essential step to help the nation transition from the pandemic to endemic stage.

"(By following health protocols,) we can conduct our productive activities while remaining safe from COVID-19," President Jokowi stated.

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