No punishment for refusing COVID-19 vaccine : Bali Official

Head of the Bali Provincial Health Office, Ketut Suarjaya - IST

DENPASAR – The Bali Health Agency ensured that there will be no sanctions for Balinese who refuse the COVID-19 vaccination.“We are prioritizing the vaccine socialization, and we hope that the community will voluntarily undergo the vaccination,” said the provincial health agency head Ketut Suarjaya told Kanalbali on Tuesday (12/1/2021).

Suarjaya explained that the vaccination process will continously carried out by the Bali Provincial government until the vaccination reaches the final stage. The socialization will involve all parties, so that the public would aware over the importance of vaccination in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apart from the socialization, a number of public officials in Bali will be the first group to be vaccinated. “Therefore, the public can be convinced that all groups are carrying out the vaccination. Even government officials also participated in the vaccination,” he explained.

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Suarjaya added that the Regional Committee for Post-Immunization Syndrome (Komda KIPI) has been established as a forum to accommodate complaints after the COVID-19 vaccination. This comittee consist of specialist doctors. Even so, he hopes that the vaccination program will run smoothly without any obstacles.

Suarjaya added that Bali was an region with succesful history of vaccination program.  “So far, the achievement of complete basic immunization (IDL) in Bali has reached 99.8%, so we are still optimistic that vaccination can go well,” he explained.

Bali itself has received a total of 51,000 doses of Sinovac Vaccine which were sent in two stages. The first phase was received on Tuesday (5/1) as many as 31 thousand doses by land. At second phase, as many as 20 thousand doses arrived in Bali were sent via I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Badung Regency, Bali on Thursday (8/1). (Kanalbali / ACH)