Sekolah Pelita Harapan holds its second Covid-19 vaccination program on July 13-14, 2021. (Photo Courtesy of SPH)

SPH Holds Mass Covid-19 Vaccination for Children

JULY 15, 2021

Jakarta. After hosting a vaccination clinic for its students last week, Sekolah Pelita Harapan (SPH) held another Covid-19 vaccination drive on July 13-14.

A total of 1,200 vaccines were administered to a larger group from the SPH community consisting of students, family members, and friends and to children aged 12-17 from the general public.

“For almost 30 years, we have believed that it is our responsibility to support children’s learning in schools all over Indonesia. This vaccination is opened to the public out of the same sense of responsibility: we are able to help, so we are delighted to help,” SPH executive director Matthew B. Mann said in a statement on Thursday.

The extension of the vaccination to the children of the general public is in line with SPH's objective of helping children from other schools to get vaccinated. SPH is continuing its efforts in getting as many students vaccinated as possible to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

The prolonged Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the education sector greatly. Despite the advancement of technology, remote learning cannot fully replace face-to-face, onsite learning. 

“We believe that this vaccination for students and their families is an absolute necessity to make face-to-face learning possible again. We need to ‘redeem’ the lost year and catch up on the missing part of on-campus learning experience since March 2020," SPH co-founder Aileen H. Riady said.

"At SPH, all the teachers and staff are looking forward to meeting the students face to face again and we are about to offer a newly improved education system with revamped school facilities,” Aileen said.

SPH will continue with more vaccination programs in the other campuses across the Greater Jakarta area. The next vaccination campaign will take place at Lippo Cikarang campus on July 19.