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Holds Inclusive Vaccination, Australia-Indonesia Partnership Targets 81 Residents of Vulnerable and Remote Groups in Kubu, Karangasem

COVID-19 Vaccination at Kubu Village

BALI, 30 November 2022 — The right to be protected from the COVID-19 virus is a right for all human beings. Even the distribution of vaccines then needs to be encouraged to achieve these rights. Mainly the right to be safe from COVID-19 for vulnerable residents in areas. The Indonesian government has carried out COVID-19 vaccination activities in Indonesia since January 2021. Efforts to increase inclusiveness and vaccination coverage continue to be encouraged in Bali.

To support the Government of Bali’s efforts to meet the target of inclusive vaccination, the Australia Indonesia Partnership Program for Health Resilience (AIHSP) through Save the Children Indonesia and the IDEP Foundation held various vaccination activities targeting vulnerable groups in society, especially the elderly, people with disabilities, women, and children. The provision of inclusive vaccination services which is part of the COVID-19 Vaccination Acceleration Program (VACCINE Project) is focused on three regencies in Bali, namely Karangasem, Buleleng, and Jembrana.

One of the residents received the COVID-19 vaccine through door to door

One vaccination activity occurred on 29 November 2022 in Dukuh Village, Kubu District, Karangasem Regency. This activity targets people with disabilities, the elderly, and other vulnerable groups. Dukuh Village consists of a forest area that motorbikes, and cars can only reach on a limited basis. Dukuh Village is dominated by residents who work as farmers. The uniqueness of this area is the processing of palm trees which are used for daily needs. In Dukuh Village, inclusive vaccination services were received by 81 people belonging to vulnerable groups, with details of 22 elderly people, eight people with disabilities, and 51 other vulnerable groups of people. This service was carried out in collaboration with a local civil society organization called the Small Fish Foundation, the Dukuh Village Youth Organization, the Kubu Health Center, and was accompanied by the Karangasem District Health Office.

Providing inclusive vaccination services targeting vulnerable groups aligns with the government’s goal of increasing vaccination coverage, especially for the elderly and people with disabilities. In collaboration with Kubu Village, this vaccination activity is expected to be able to reach people in areas that are difficult to achieve. Thus, all levels of society have their rights fulfilled to obtain health insurance to avoid the severe risk of COVID-19.

Article: Hamzah

Photo: Field Officer Team Vaccine & Trace Program © IDEP Foundation