TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian government will not compel people who refuse to participate in COVID-19 immunization to get vaccinated, stated chief of the COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee (KPCPEN), Erick Thohir, on Tuesday.
A survey has shown about 66 percent of Indonesians trust COVID-19 vaccines and are keen to get vaccinated, Thohir said.
“But some 16 percent are refusing to have the vaccine, we cannot force them,” Thohir, who is also the Minister of State Enterprises, said during a webinar here on Tuesday.
The government’s vaccination program is aimed at breaking the chain of transmission of COVID-19 and reducing the mortality rate, he added.
“People ask whether the COVID-19 vaccine is qualified. The government will use vaccines that are already listed under the WHO, passed clinical tests; and, the KPCPEN has been transparent with the MUI, BPOM, and all parties. The Indonesian people’s safety is on top priority,” Erick Thohir said.