TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Aceh Acting Governor Nova Iriansyah instructed the establishment of Measles-Rubella or MR Vaccines to be postponed upon waiting for its halal certification.
“We have ordered the Health Agency to forward it to the city/regency to postpone the immunization,” said Nova Iriansyah at Banda Aceh, Tuesday, August 7.
The delay, Nova explained, due to the vaccine status which has not been halal certified yet by the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI). The immunization would be conducted after the MUI issue the halal certification.
“Thus, we demand the immunization be halted until MUI as the authorized institution releases its halal certification,” said the acting governor.
Nova went on to say that MR vaccines distributed across Aceh regions would be taken and would later be replaced with the halal one.
“For those having vaccinated, we cannot take further action because it already absorbs in the body but for those who have not been immunized, all immunizations are postponed without exception,” Nova underlined.
Earlier, Health Minister Nila Moeloek sent a circular letter for regents and governors regarding the implementation of MR Vaccines immunization. The minister let the regents and governors who willing postpone it in light of its halal status.
“The MR immunization for the public who do not relate to syar’i (Islamic law) issue will be done in professional based on the technical standard, while for those communities who consider the halal issue can wait for MUI’s edict on the matter,” said Minister Nila in a circular letter at Jakarta, Monday, August 6.