Reasons for PCR Tests and Traveler’s Antigen Removed

Jakarta, IDN Times – The government has removed the requirement to show a negative PCR or antigen test result for domestic travelers (PPDN) who have received a full dose of the COVID-19 vaccine starting today.

However, this policy has raised concerns that the transmission of COVID-19 cases will increase when the case slopes down. Then is there a guarantee that COVID-19 cases will not increase?

Spokesperson for the COVID-19 Vaccination of the Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, explained that based on the data, the vaccination coverage was quite wide, namely 91 percent of the first dose, while the second dose was 71 percent.

“Our survey results say that 80 percent of Indonesians have antibodies, so we see that protection for individuals and communities or society has been obtained,” he said in a virtual press conference, Tuesday (8/3/2022).

1. People who have been vaccinated have a small risk of transmitting cases

Ministry of Health Reveals Reasons for Deleting PCR Tests and Traveler's AntigensIllustration of COVID-19 vaccination (IDN Times/Anggun Puspitoningrum)

In addition, Nadia assessed that someone who has been vaccinated, even though confirmed positive for COVID-19, is less likely to infect other people.

Protection in people who have received complete vaccinations, even though he is positive the possibility of him infecting other people is small because there is already vaccination, because there is a neutralization process from the vaccine,” he said.

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2. If strict procedures are applied, COVID-19 cases can go down

Ministry of Health Reveals Reasons for Deleting PCR Tests and Traveler's AntigensIllustration of community mobility during PPKM (ANTARA PHOTO/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

According to Nadia, if people who have been vaccinated in full doses then follow strict health protocols, they can reduce cases.

“In contrast, people who have been vaccinated with added strict health protocols, discipline, then decrease the likelihood of a decline occurring,” he added.

3. Policy only applies to travelers with complete vaccinations

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Nadia also emphasized that the abolition of the PCR or Antigen test only applies to travelers who have received two or complete doses of vaccination.

“For travelers who are still vaccinating dose one, the provisions apply, namely showing negative PCR or antigen results,” he added.

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