TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan was reluctant to talk much about residents who did not want to get the Covid-19 vaccine. According to Anies, the issue was not yet relevant to discuss considering that the city was still lacking the availability of the vaccine.
"The amount of vaccines is limited. We will discuss it when there is a higher number of vaccines than that of the population. The amount of vaccines now is little. [The vaccines] are just for those who want them," said Anies at Jakarta Metro Police HQ on Thursday, February 18, 2021.
The Jakarta Provincial Government through Article 30 of the Regional Regulation or Perda No. 2 of 2020 noted that residents who refused to be vaccinated would be subject to a fine of IDR 5 million.
Additionally, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo passed Presidential Regulation No. 14 of 2021 on the vaccine procurement and implementation, which stipulated termination of social assistance for residents who did not want to participate in the vaccination.
Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria on Wednesday, February 17, argued that the sanction was necessary given the importance of the Covid-19 vaccine and in order to ensure the public obey prevailing regulations.