Balikpapan Runs Out of Covid-19 Vaccine Stock; 2nd Dose Injection Delayed



Petir Garda Bhwana

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    A small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in an illustrated photo taken April 10, 2020. [REUTERS / Dado Ruvi]

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaEast Kalimantan’s Balikpapan Regional Covid-19 Handling Task Force had run out of Covid-19 vaccines. The province previously received 61 vials (610 doses) and had been administered to residents at healthcare centers.

    As many as 30 vials (300 doses) handled by the Indonesian Military (TNI) and 34 vials (340 doses) in the National Police had also been administered in the mass vaccination on Wednesday, July 28. This also included vaccines from the Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Ministry totaling 30 vials or 300 doses.

    “We are waiting for another shipment from the central government,” said Balikpapan Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson Andi Sri Juliarty on Wednesday, July 28.

    Thus, the second dose injection for a large number of people was delayed. The Batu Ampar Community Health Center in North Balikpapan, for example, posted an announcement on the delay injection for residents who were scheduled to get their second dose on July 21, 23, 27, 28, 29, and 31.

    According to Juliarty, she was informed that the central government pledged to distribute the Covid-19 vaccines in early August. “Hopefully soon. Many are waiting,” she said.

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