Kadum, 58, poses for pictures while holding a live chicken rewarded to him after receiving his first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine at his house in Cianjur, West Java, on June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Chicken Swap: W. Java District Offers Unique Vaccination Deal to Reluctant Elderly

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

JUNE 24, 2021

Cianjur, West Java. Officials in a West Java subdistrict have turned to an uncommon tactic by offering a live chicken in exchange for an immunization shot to persuade the elderlies to take their vaccination against Covid-19 for more than a month now. 

On Tuesday, police officers and health workers from a public health center (Puskesmas) in the Pacet subdistrict in Cianjur, West Java, went from door to door in one of such missions. They visit people aged 60 or above in the subdistrict, bringing a pen full of live chickens.

They hope a prospect of getting a chicken would be enough to get the elderly to agree to get their vaccine shot.  

Indonesia aimed to vaccinate 21.6 million older people by the end of last month. It failed to achieve the target as widespread false information and hoaxes about Covid-19 or the vaccines lead many older people to think that the shot can cause serious illnesses or death. So far, Indonesia only able to vaccinated 2.6 million elderly, or 12 percent of its target. 

Therefore the Pacet police used a cultural approach to regain the residents' trust regarding vaccination. Police and public health care workers visited every home of residents who refused to be vaccinated 'door to door.' Then they gave every person detailed information on the Covid-19 vaccination. A resident who wants to take a vaccine will receive the vaccine after pass strict vaccination screening procedures.

Since it was launched one month ago, the 'free chicken' program has successfully increased Pacet residents' enthusiasm about vaccination. 

"Before the free chicken program, only 25 out of 200 residents were willing to get vaccinated, but now 250 people are registered every day and willing to be vaccinated at the Puskesmas," Adjutant Chief Comr. Galih Apria, the chief of Pacet subdistrict police, said, 

Indonesian police personnel puts chickens to a pick up car at Pacet Subprecinct Police office in Cianjur regency, West Java on June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
 Pacet Subprecinct Police personnel puts chickens in pen at Pacet Subprecinct Police office in Cianjur regency, West Java on June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Pacet Subprecinct Police personnels and public health center workers walk as they want to carried out door to door COVID-19 vaccination programs in Cianjur regency, West Java on June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Officers from Pacet Subdistrict Police and public health center workers walk from door to door to vaccinate the elderly in Cianjur regency, West Java, on June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Pacet Police Chief, AKP Galih Apria gives a brief information about COVID-19 vaccination programs to elder people in Cianjur regency, West Java on June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Pacet Police Chief Adjutant Chief Comr. Galih Apria briefs an elder about Covid-19 vaccination programs in Cianjur, West Java, on June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Pacet Subprecinct Police (Polsek) personnel and public health center (puskesmas) workers walk in a small footpath during COVID-19
Pacet Subdistrict Police personnel and public health center workers walk along a narrow footpath during the Covid-19 door-to-door vaccination program for the elderly in Cianjur, West Java, on June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man gets his body temperature measured at Cianjur regency, West Java on June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man gets his body temperature measured in Cianjur, West Java, on June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Older resident gets his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine during free chicken door to door vaccination program at Cianjur regency in West Java on June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
An old man resident gets his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine shot during a vaccination program in Cianjur, West Java, on June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Eha, 45-year-old local poses for pictures while holding a live chicken rewarded after receiving his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, at his house in Cianjur regency, West Java province, Indonesia, June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Eha, 45, poses for pictures while holding a live chicken rewarded to her after receiving her first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine at her house in Cianjur, West Java, on June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Ilmah, 61-year-old local poses for pictures while holding a live chicken rewarded after receiving his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, at his house in Cianjur regency, West Java province, Indonesia, June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Ilmah, 61, poses for pictures while holding a live chicken rewarded to her after receiving her first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine at her house in Cianjur, West Java, on June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Badar, 74, and his daughter, Rohiman, 30, poses for pictures while holding a live chicken rewarded after receiving his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, at his house in Cianjur regency, West Java province, Indonesia, June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Badar, 74, and his daughter, Rohimah, 30, pose for pictures while holding a live chicken given to them after receiving their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine at their house in Cianjur, West Java, June 22, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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