COVID-19 Vaccine Wasted in Regions, Task Force Confirms This

Jakarta, IDN Times – The COVID-19 Handling Task Force has asked local governments to improve coordination with the central government so that the existing vaccine supply is not wasted. This was stated by Spokesperson for the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, Wiku Adisasmito, because many COVID-19 vaccines have expired in a number of areas.

“The main key to maximizing the use of vaccines that are already available is good planning that covers aspects of logistics, vaccinators, and redistribution to other areas in need,” said Wiku at a press conference, Tuesday (8/3/2022).

1. More than 4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine were successfully used before expiration

A lot of COVID-19 vaccines are wasted in the regions, the task force emphasizes thisHealth workers prepare the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine which will be injected to residents during the COVID-19 Booster vaccination. (BETWEEN PHOTOS/Fikri Yusuf)

Wiku said that in February 2022 more than four million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were successfully used before reaching the expiration date.

“With the government’s hard work, we can optimize the remaining vaccine doses,” said Wiku when responding to a press question about the 18 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine that will expire in the near future.

He added that the remaining doses of the COVID-19 vaccine that had not been successfully injected were successfully managed to extend the expiration date.

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2. Extend the expiration date of COVID-19 vaccines with caution

A lot of COVID-19 vaccines are wasted in the regions, the task force emphasizes thisSpokesman for the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, Prof. Wiku Bakti Bawono Adisasmito, said that the COVID-19 transmission situation in the DKI Jakarta area needs to get the attention of the public at a press conference at the BNPB Building, Jakarta. Dock. ANTARA News/BNPB

Wiku emphasized that the government was careful to extend the expiration date of the COVID-19 vaccine through in-depth discussions with experts and drug manufacturers, so that it was not feasible and passed the extended expiration test to determine.

“I need to emphasize, the effort to extend the expiration date of the vaccine is not the main solution. This effort is done solely so that the existing vaccine stock is not wasted,” he said.

3. The Ministry of Health says there are 18 million doses of vaccine that are about to expire

A lot of COVID-19 vaccines are wasted in the regions, the task force emphasizes thisdirector. Prevention & Control of Vector & Zoonotic Infectious Diseases Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi. (Twitter/@BNPB_Indonesia).

Previously, Spokesperson for the Indonesian Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said that efforts to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination had reduced the number of vaccines with the potential to expire at the end of February 2022.

“Since we identified that there are around 18 million doses of vaccine that are about to expire, we have made efforts to accelerate vaccination injections by cooperating with the TNI-Polri in the Vaccination Raid activity,” said Siti Nadia Tarmizi on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

The Vaccination Assault activity was held throughout February 2022 with a target of 5,000 participants or an average of 2,500 people per day, especially the elderly.

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