Covid-19 vaccine late
In February 2022, the Indonesian government through the ministry of health issued a new circular regarding vaccines. This is done in an effort to increase the number of Indonesian citizens who complete the 2nd dose of vaccine and Booster. The government sets a limit on how long a person has before he or she is declared a Vaccine Drop out. Drop out Vaccine is the latest terminology for those who are declared late for the Covid-19 vaccine within a period of more than 6 months.
A spokesperson for Vaccination of the Ministry of Health or the Indonesian Ministry of Health for short, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said that people who had not received a second Covid-19 vaccination for more than six months had to repeat the injection from the beginning.
“This means that, even though he has received dose one, but has not received dose two for more than six months, he must be repeated from the first dose of injection and continued to the second dose,” he said, as quoted by Antara, recently.
Drop outs are people who have not received the second dose more than six months after the first dose was injected.
3 main points of the Circular
According to Circular SR.02.06/II/921/2022 issued on February 13, 2022 yesterday, there are 3 main points prioritized by the government regarding the details of the Late Covid-19 Vaccine, which are as follows.
- For targets who have dropped out in less than six months can be given a second vaccine with a different platform according to availability in each area.
- For targets who have dropped out in more than six months, then primary vaccination must be repeated, and vaccination can use a different platform different from the original vaccine.
- Given that currently the number of Sinovac vaccines distributed is limited and is intended for children aged 6-11 years, then the target who drops out can be using vaccines with different available platforms to supplement doses both by prioritizing vaccines that have the closest ED period.
Implementation and socialization in the field
This latest circular, of course, will make a lot of changes in the field. However, it seems that socialization and implementation are still homework for the government and health workers.
This has not been synchronized (administration of vaccines using different platforms) in vaccine support applications, so health workers do not dare to process different platforms.