TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo promised to prioritize the ‘gotong-royong’ vaccination - a private-funded vaccination program for the private sector - for workers in the Batam industrial area in the Riau Islands.
“The Health Minister is by my side here and we’ll prioritize Batam, mainly its industry,” said President Jokowi as he spoke with the Batam City secretary on the sidlines of his visit to oversee mass vaccination in Kepri Islands on May 19.
The Batam City secretary Jefridin Hamid said Batam is an industrial city home to a plethora of workers in numerous industries, which contribute to sustain the area’s economic growth amidst the national recovery program.
According to Jefridin, that the number of workers in Batam in 2020 amounted to 392,819 domestic workers and 6,573 international workers.
President Jokowi explained that the gotong-royong vaccine program is still hampered by supply-related issues. The government targeted 30 million Covid-19 vaccine doses but only 420,000 doses that have arrived.