Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin confirmed that children's vaccination data will be integrated into the COVID-19 mobile contact tracing application PeduliLindungi to ease accessing immunisation data for various parties, including parents and the authorities.

"Usually, immunisation data will be recorded in the mother and child's health card, and sometimes (parents) will lose or forget the card," Sadikin noted during a virtual press conference broadcast by the Kemenkes RI YouTube channel observed here on Thursday.

He highlighted that some institutions, including universities, will require applicants to submit immunisation data to proceed with the registration process.

"Foreign universities require applicants to submit details of the vaccination history to ensure they have received polio, diphtheria/tetanus, and other required vaccines. (Due to this requirement), residents looking to continue their education abroad will encounter difficulties if they lose their vaccination record card," the minister explained.

Sadikin said that currently, the ministry's immunisation data was still being gathered from thousands of health facilities that administered the vaccination.

"If a resident relocates to another school or city, then they will experience some difficulties except if they hold their vaccination record. Usually, the record will not last until the holder's adulthood," he stated.

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The ministry decided to expand the existing system of recording the COVID-19 vaccine history to all forms of immunisations, so that the history of all vaccines that a resident has received throughout their life would be available on PeduliLindungi, Sadikin remarked.

"We will emulate the success of the COVID-19 vaccine history recording (in PeduliLindungi) by registering and compiling the individual vaccination data in the digital media," he stated.

The minister remarked that making vaccination records and certificates available by digital means would bolster the transformation of primary healthcare services sought by the ministry.

Through the utilisation of digital technology, all data of immunisation recipients will be logged and could be accessed anywhere and at any time through the PeduliLindungi application, Sadikin added.

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