Papua Has Target to Vaccinate 229,000 Students – Hundreds of students from SMA Negeri 4 Jayapura, Papua since 8 a.m. crowded the school yard. Their presence on Thursday, August 5, 2021, was to take part in the “Free Vaccination” held by the Papua Provincial Education, Library and Regional Archives Office in collaboration with the Papua Regional Police.

Vaccinations at the school will last until August 17, 2021 and will be held in three phases to avoid crowds. Among the students who were vaccinated were Pingki Munte Murib and Marlina Kanggunum. Pingki, a student of the Class X IPA 6, had been queuing since 8 am. One hour in line he was called, his blood pressure was checked and his medical history was traced by the health officer. He gets safe to receive the vaccine and is injected with Sinovac 0.5 ml vaccine.

Then it is continued by 30 minutes of observation. His body had no symptoms. He’s fine. The officer then gave the vaccine certificate and Murib was asked to vaccinate the second dose on September 2, 2021. Murib was initially worried about being vaccinated because he was afraid of needles. He had to overcome his fear. For him, receiving the vaccine can prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Apart from Murib, there was Marlina Kanggunum who was also vaccinated. This student of Class XI IPA 3was initially hesitant.

However, for the sake of health she decided to stay vaccinated. After being vaccinated she turned out to be fine. Therefore she invited her friends to follow in his footsteps. A Head of the Papua Province Education, Libraries, and Regional Archives Office, Chirstian Sohilait, has targets vaccination for students throughout Papua as many as 229 thousand students. Meanwhile, for the cluster in which PON XX will be held, it is targeted that 51,000 students will be vaccinated.

The vaccination stages for students are implemented by taking into account the recommendations of the Indonesian Doctors Association and the Indonesian Pediatrician Association. Also the other conditions is first to socialize the benefits of vaccines to parents. If vaccinated at school the number must be above 150. If below 150 people, the school must join another school.

A head of SMA Negeri 4 Jayapura Laba Sembiring said that 447 of his 1,412 students who were willing to be vaccinated were confirmed via Google Form. The rest are still thinking and can’t make a decision yet to take vaccinations due to health conditions and other reasons.

According to Sembiring, it does not mean that students who have not received the vaccine do not participate in the learning process, because all students have the right to obtain educational facilities. However, in order to protect themselves and their families from the corona virus, he said, it is better to get vaccinated

Papua Regional Police Chief Inspector General Pol. Mathius Fakhiri when reviewing the implementation of vaccinations for students at SMA Negeri 4 Jayapura on Thursday, August 5, 2021, said that according to the central advice, “Free Vaccination” will be carried out from August 1-17 2021.

Kapolda expects that students who have been vaccinated can become vaccine ambassadors for their families and communities. The way is to share their experiences so that the community or parents who have not been vaccinated are also vaccinated.

“Because of now the most important thing to protect ourselves is vaccines, in addition we maintain health protocols by implementing all 3M and doing 3T, so that we protect our area, especially in Papua, and more specifically in the clusters in which PON is going to be implemented, ” he said.

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