JAKARTA, (Indonesia), MHI – President Joko Widodo is reviewing the implementation of mass vaccinations specifically intended for journalists and starting from the DKI Jakarta area. The vaccination was held at Hall A Basket Gelora Bung Karno, Senayan, Jakarta, on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

“As I said on National Press Day that we want to put the press first to be vaccinated and thank God this morning has already begun,” the President said in a statement at the event.

The president said that vaccination for journalists is expected to provide protection to those who in carrying out their daily duties should be directly in the field and often interact with sources or other people.

“This provides good protection for press personnel who have been vaccinated this morning,” he said.

The Head of State accompanied by Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Minister of Communication and Informatics Johnny G. Plate, and Chairman of the Press Council Mohammad Nuh directly monitored the course of the vaccination process upon arrival at the location around 09.10 WIB.

Similar to the vaccination process intended for health workers and public workers, journalists who follow vaccinations this time must also first go through a number of stages such as data validation, screening of health conditions, and so forth before being determined to be able to follow vaccinations.

The plan, the initial vaccination that will be held until Saturday (27/2) will include as many as 5,512 journalists who have been recorded. As for the implementation on Thursday (25/2), as many as 1,838 journalists will get the first dose injection of the vaccine.

Starting for journalists in DKI Jakarta Province, this vaccination activity will also continue for journalists in other areas.

The implementation of this vaccination is a follow-up to what was delivered by President Joko Widodo at the 2021 National Press Day Commemoration Summit on February 9, 2021.

In the event, the Head of State ensured that the media crew as the vanguard of education on pandemic management in the community will also get the priority of vaccination gradually.

“I had whispers to Prof. Nuh (Chairman of the Press Council), at the end of February until early March, for the media crew we have prepared about 5,000 people to be vaccinated,” said the President at the time.

Chairman of the Press Council, Mohammad Nuh in his press statement to reporters said, “Covid-19 vaccination for press people is part of the press council’s task which is to protect the press from outside pressures and threats when carrying out journalistic duties, in addition to threats from disease, from within,” he said.

Noah added, “Therefore journalists, press people should be given protection with vaccines, in order to be healthy and be able to present quality news,”he added.


Source: Presidential Secretariat Press, Media and Information Bureau

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