TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The government's plan to roll out a paid COVID-19 vaccination emerged again. In a hearing with the House of Representatives' (DPR) Commission IX today, September 13, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the ministry planned to offer a self-paid vaccine booster.
Budi said that in the paid vaccine program, the public could choose which brand of COVID-19 vaccine they want to receive. “Like buying medicines at a pharmacy. We will open the market so people can choose and buy vaccine boosters,” he explained.
The types of the vaccines to be offered, he ensured, are those that had received the emergency use authentication (EUA) from WHO.
Budi also said the ministry targeted around 93 million people to join the program. However, the government would still guarantee free vaccines for people listed as the contribution assistance recipients (PBI) and allocate budgets for vaccine programs for non-employees workers who were assisted by the local government.
Minister Budi emphasized that the paid COVID-19 vaccination plan would still be deliberated, including the procedure and the vaccine scheme.