NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Minister of Youth and Sports Zainudin Amali stated that he will strive for athletes and coaches to get COVID-19 vaccination from the government.
As a first step, Zainudin stated that he would first discuss his plan with sports stakeholders.
“I would propose vaccinations for athletes and coaches. I hope that with vaccinations to athletes and coaches, sports activities that are still stalled can be active again,” Zainudin told Antara in Jakarta on Sunday.
In addition to reactivating national sports activities. COVID-19 vaccination to athletes and coaches is also considered important especially for those who are preparing for various national and international championships.
Zainudin hopes that the vaccination proposal gets a good response from sports stakeholders. Especially the leaders of the parent sports organizations that are currently preparing to welcome a crowded sports agenda in 2021.
The Government through the Decree of the Minister of Health No. 9860 of 2020 has determined six types of COVID-19 vaccines that can be used in Indonesia. Namely vaccines produced by Bio Farma, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech and Sinovac.
A total of 1.2 million doses of the first stage of the Sinovac vaccine have arrived in Indonesia. However, the vaccination process still has to wait for the permission of the Food and Drug Administration (BPOM) and the results of phase 3 clinical trials to find out the effectiveness of vaccines against coronavirus.
There are still 1.8 million doses of Sinovc vaccine that are planned to arrive in the country in January 2021.
The government is targeting early-stage vaccinations in January next year with the priority of vaccine recipients being health workers, TNI-Polri personnel, and government employees. (eky)