So that many vaccines don’t expire, Acceleration of Vaccinations Must Involve Many Parties – The risk of expired vaccines due to not being used needs to be reduced, for the sake of a wider equal distribution of vaccination coverage.

One way is to collaborate with many parties to accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination, including the TNI-Polri.

“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 Spokesperson for the Indonesian Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi.

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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Illustration of covid-19 vaccine (Pexels)
Illustration of covid-19 vaccine (Pexels)

In addition, the government has also accelerated vaccination for the elderly and the general population by accelerating the interval for injection of booster doses. If it is generally given six months, it becomes three months after the injection of the complete dose of the primary vaccine.

Another effort is to validate vaccine stocks in the regions to match the predicted number of potentially expired vaccines.

“Our efforts are to validate vaccine stocks, because 18 million vaccines with potential expiration date are recorded in the central system. After checking, it turns out that many areas have not been updated, so the number does not reach 18 million doses,” he said.

However, until now the Ministry of Health is still calculating the exact number of vaccines that will expire at the end of February 2022.

Nadia, who is also the Secretary of the Directorate General of Public Health at the Indonesian Ministry of Health, said that in a recent study by the Indonesian Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM), there were a number of expired vaccines whose use period could be extended.

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“Especially AstraZeneca has extended its distribution period, so it is very likely that the number of expired vaccines will not reach 18 million doses,” he said.