80 million people are predicted to go home during Eid 2022, what needs to be done so that COVID-19 cases don’t rise again?

Suara.com – The government predicts that 80 million people will go home for Eid in 2022, after the ban on going home is lifted by the government. What steps need to be taken so that COVID-19 cases will no longer increase?

According to the Government Spokesperson for COVID-19, Reisa Broto Asmoro, the key to preventing the increase in COVID-19 cases lies in vaccination coverage. Therefore, booster vaccines are also used as a condition for traveling back and forth.

“As directed by President Joko Widodo and the Minister of Health himself conveyed again on March 23, that if the vaccination is not complete and does not ‘booster’, the impact could be negative,” he said.

Based on the survey results of the Transportation Research and Development Agency of the Ministry of Transportation, there is a potential for 80 million people to go home for Eid in 2022.

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The atmosphere at Poris Plawad Terminal, Tangerang City, began to get crowded with travelers after the end of the homecoming ban, Tuesday (18/5/2021). [SuaraJakarta.id/Jehan Nurhakim]
The atmosphere at Poris Plawad Terminal, Tangerang City, began to get crowded with travelers after the end of the homecoming ban, Tuesday (18/5/2021). [SuaraJakarta.id/Jehan Nurhakim]

This means, he said, there will be many people doing social mobility, such as gathering with family or relatives, so anticipation is needed to avoid the risk of serious illness, even death.

When people return to their hometowns, there will be many parents and children who may not have been vaccinated. Through the protection provided by the booster vaccine, everyone’s antibodies can be formed optimally.

In addition, with the booster vaccine, it is much easier for people to go home because they no longer need to include evidence of a PCR test or rapid antigen test.

“That’s why the massive mobility of the community because usually for Eid, many people flock to their hometowns, it must be anticipated so that there will be no higher and higher transmission of COVID-19,” said the woman who also serves as the Ambassador for the Adaptation of New Habits.

On the other hand, if someone has just received two doses of vaccine, travelers must still include the results of the antigen test and for travelers who have just received the first dose, the results of the PCR test must be included.

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Reisa reminded that booster vaccines can also help the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Indonesia become more controlled because it can keep the trend of positive cases low.