"The existence of this vaccination car service is very helpful to reach residents in remote locations, as the car can reach closer to the neighborhood instead of the residents going to hospitals or community health center (Puskesmas). It should be closer, faster, and easier," Secretary of the Central Java Provincial Administration Sumarno stated here on Saturday.
In addition to deploying vaccination car services, the Central Java provincial government has intensified efforts through vaccination centers and door-to-door vaccination services.
Sumarno later highlighted the importance of pursuing the target of accelerating vaccination, especially now that vaccination coverage is one of the indicators for determining the level of community activity restrictions (PPKM).
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Hence, the regional government has worked along with other parties to intensify the COVID-19 vaccination programs, he noted.
"The one aspect that is a bit challenging is vaccination coverage for the elderly. There are several problems, not only pertaining to coverage issues but also social and cultural issues. More efforts are needed to encourage the elderly to get vaccinated," Sumarno stated.
Meanwhile, the Central Java Provincial Health Service has urged district and city governments to increase the number of vaccination centers in order to expedite the COVID-19 vaccination achievement, which is still low in some areas.
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"Local governments should not only rely on vaccination centers that are centered in district or city halls but also help to spread them out in several places,” Head of the Central Java Health Service, Yulianto Prabowo, remarked.
The request is specifically intended for districts and cities across Central Java where the vaccination coverage has not yet reached 50 percent.
Vaccination can also be accelerated by increasing the number of vaccinators at the sub-district and village level, he stated.
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