Indonesia, the country worst affected by the virus in Southeast Asia with 836,718 confirmed cases and 24,343 deaths, the government has chosen an unorthodox vaccination strategy.
The vaunted immunisation campaign aims to inoculate 181.5 million people beginning Wednesday.
Singapore started inoculations last month, while Indonesia is set to begin its vaccination program on Wednesday.
President Joko Widodo receives the nation’s first injection of China’s Sinovac shot.
Indonesia begins its mass vaccination programme on Wednesday youth first to be get jab but older people will not be the first to receive the vaccine.Youth are seen more active in schools,society work and open market.
While comparing Europe nation, UK, the first person to receive a COVID-19 vaccine outside trial conditions was a 90-year-old pensioner. In Canada, the first recipient was only marginally younger at 89. In Germany, a 101-year-old nursing home resident was first in line.
First phase that begins on Wednesday and continues until the end of March, 1.3 million healthcare workers and a further 17.4 million workers from the public service – police, soldiers, teachers and bureaucrats – will receive free jabs of CoronaVac, the vaccine developed by Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech. After that, it will be working adults.
“Indonesia is targeting the productive age at 18 to 59 years instead of elderly people because we have not completed the stage three clinical trials for people this age range with the Sinovac vaccine,” Ministry of Health spokesperson Dr Nadia Wikeko told Al Jazeera. “We are still waiting for the BPOM (Indonesia’s agency for drug and food control) review to see if the vaccine can be used safely for people over 60.”
Many citizens support the strategy as old people stay at home.