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Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo reviewed COVID-19 vaccinations for children aged 6–11 years at Nglinduk 3 State Elementary School, Grobogan District, Central Java, on Wednesday.

He also greeted students queuing up for health screening prior to vaccination, according to information released by the press bureau of the Presidential Secretariat in Jakarta the same day.

A number of elementary school students received either the first or second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the school on Wednesday.

Headmistress of the Nglinduk 3 State Elementary School, Sri Hartati, said that no difficulties were experienced during the vaccination program. The children showed enthusiasm over getting vaccinated, she said.

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"The kids don't have any problems. They are enthusiastic about getting vaccinated. They already have the awareness to anticipate, (so as to) not (get themselves) exposed to the COVID-19 virus," the press bureau quoted her as saying.

"No one was crying. They were even showing excitement, especially now, upon meeting Mr. Jokowi (the President)," she remarked.

Talking about the approach taken to persuade students to get vaccinated, she said the school tried to convince them that vaccines were important for maintaining health.

"Yes, the way is to inform that if we are not vaccinated, later on, our body condition will be vulnerable to diseases, especially viruses that are currently hitting, that is the COVID-19 virus. Thus, children should be vaccinated, just like their parents," she added.

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President Widodo also signed an inscription to inaugurate the renovated building of Nglinduk 3 State Elementary School. The renovation was completed in 2020, Hartati said.

The headmistress said that the school building had suffered long-term damage due to unstable soil structure. "When the rainy season comes, puddles and mud fill up the classrooms," she explained.

Hartati expressed her gratitude for the government's efforts to renovate both the building and the surrounding environment.

Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo accompanied the President during his visit to the school.

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Translator: Indra Arief P, Mecca Yumna
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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