Health worker injects a COVID-19 vaccine into a monk during the first phase of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccine campaign for religious leaders at Istiqlal Mosque in Central Jakarta on Feb 25, 2021. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Indonesia Starts Covid-19 Vaccination for Religious Leaders
BY :YUDHA BASKORO
FEBRUARY 25, 2021
Jakarta. The Religious Affairs Ministry and the Health Ministry have started Covid-19 vaccination for religious leaders at the Istiqlal Mosque, Central Jakarta, on Thursday.
The religious leaders are among 38.5 million people that the government prioritizes to vaccines by the end of May. These include retail traders, educators, hospitality workers, public service officers, lawmakers, government officials, civil servants, military members, police, public transportation workers, athletes, and journalists.
Hundreds of religious leaders turned up for their first Covid-19 vaccine jab on Friday.
They had to wait in line in the Istiqlal Mosque's basement. Even though the basement has been equipped with several fans and air conditioners, some health workers and participants complained about the air there, which was very hot and stuffy.
That was not an ideal condition for many of the religious leaders who are elderly. Their blood pressure easily rises amid such stressful conditions, and many of them had to delay the vaccination because of that issue.