Ombudsman Against Using Vaccine Certificates as Public Requirement

27 August 2021 22:49 WIB

A trader shows his COVID-19 vaccine certificate at a traditional market in Rangkasbitung, Lebak, Banten, Friday, August 6, 2021. ANTARA/Muhammad Bagus Khoirunas

TEMPO.CO, JakartaOmbudsman member Indraza Marzuki Rais in a statement on Friday urged the government to postpone making COVID-19 vaccine certificates a public service requirement. He argued that vaccinations were still not equally distributed. 

“We hope the [regulation] will not be implemented just yet, as there are still many people who have yet to be vaccinated,” Rais wrote on Friday, August 27.

The Ombudsman cited the data from the Health Ministry as of August 27, which showed that only 60.43 million people had received the first dose of vaccine, which equates to only 29.02 percent from the total vaccination goal of 208.26 million. 

Recipients of the second dose vaccinations are even less than that with 34.12 million people or merely 16.38 percent. 

He also said the facts in the field showed that vaccine hesitancy had dropped considerably but the public’s eagerness to be vaccinated was not met with sufficient vaccine supplies and facilities from the government. 

“Facts show that the supply and distribution of vaccines are still facing issues, starting from distribution, accessibility, available vaccinators, and vaccination centers that are able to accommodate many people without creating crowds,” he added. 

Thus, he urged the government to postpone its plans to introduce a regulation that would require people to have vaccine certificates to access public services until mass vaccinations in Indonesia were spread evenly.

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