Govt to Usher Vaccination Program for Pregnant Women

3 August 2021 12:30 WIB

A number of residents take part in the COVID-19 vaccination at the Kendal Tunnel, Sudirman area, Jakarta, Friday, July 30, 2021. The so-called Instagramable tunnel is used as a vaccination location for public transportation users in the Commuter Line, Kerata Airport and TransJakarta integration area. TEMPO/Muhammad Hidayat

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - An Indonesian Health Ministry circular on Monday instructed provincial, regency, and city health agencies to start preparing to provide Covid-19 vaccination for pregnant women, especially in areas logging high numbers of cases. 

The HK.02.01/I/2007/2021 circular on the enactment of pregnant women vaccinations was signed by the acting director of disease prevention and control, Maxi Rein Rondonuwu on August 2 

Health Ministry spokesperson Widyawati in the Ministry’s official website stated that the regulation mandates pregnant women vaccination to be included in a special criteria that will have a detailed screening process compared to other demographics. 

“A screening format in the form of a card for pregnant women is being prepared by the Health Ministry,” she wrote. 

This vaccination program will utilize Covid-19 vaccines with mRNA platforms such as Pfizer and Moderna and inactivated platforms in the Sinovac vaccine. First vaccine doses will be given during the second pregnancy trimester while the second dose will be given according to the vaccine brand’s guidelines.

The spokesperson asserts that this program has been officially recommended by the Indonesian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ITAGI) following a number of reported cases of pregnant women exposed to Covid-19 enduring severe symptoms and even death. 

Read: Govt Prepares Mass-vaccination as 70 Million Additional Doses Arrive

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