Jokowi Hopes to Reopen Schools Soon as Teachers Begin to Receive Covid Vaccines

Translator:

Editor:

Laila Afifa

  • Font:
  • Ukuran Font: - +
  • Screenshot of President Joko Widodo accompanied by Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin and DKI Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan reviewing the Covid-19 vaccination for Tanah Abang Market traders, Central Jakarta, Wednesday, February 17, 2021. TEMPO / Lani Diana

    Screenshot of President Joko Widodo accompanied by Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin and DKI Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan reviewing the Covid-19 vaccination for Tanah Abang Market traders, Central Jakarta, Wednesday, February 17, 2021. TEMPO / Lani Diana

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday made a visit to the SMAN 70 state-highschool to monitor the Covid-19 vaccination for teachers and academic employees. 

    The president argues that education personnel must be prioritized, in hope to soon reopening schools.

    “The goal is to vaccinate 5 million teachers, educators, and academic employees, which will - God willing - be completed in June,” said the president in a Youtube video published on February 23. “So, once the new school year begins in July, everything can be conducted normally."

    During his visit to the SMAN 70 high school in South Jakarta, Jokowi repeatedly expressed his intentions to expand the vaccination to schools in other provinces.

    Indonesia’s Covid-19 vaccination program initially subjected doctors and healthcare workers and was followed by vaccinating educators, the next demographic subjected by Indonesia’s second phase vaccination will be elderly people, public service employees, market traders, up to journalists that has started since February 13. 

    Read: Minor to Severe Side Effects after Covid-19 Vaccination; Authority Explains

    EGI ADYATAMA