The Indonesian Society’s COVID-19 Antibodies are High, Do You Still Need a Booster Vaccine? This is Doctor Reisa’s explanation – The results of a serological survey show that 90 percent of the Indonesian population already has COVID-19 antibodies. Even so, the government is still campaigning for booster vaccines. What for?

Government Spokesperson for Handling COVID-19 Reisa Broto Asmoro emphasized that booster vaccines are additional protection to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Because the risk of transmission will still exist, especially during the Lebaran homecoming season, even though the antibodies possessed by the Indonesian people are already high.

“Even though the antibodies formed are already high, it doesn’t mean that people are free from the risk of being infected with COVID-19,” said Reisa.

Reisa said the Ministry of Health together with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the UI Faculty of Public Health (FKM) Pandemic Team had conducted a serological survey of the Indonesian population against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The results show that 86.6 percent of the Indonesian population has antibodies against COVID-19.

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Residents undergo the third dose of Covid-19 vaccination or booster vaccine in South Jakarta, Tuesday (29/3/2022). [ Winanto]
Residents undergo the third dose of Covid-19 vaccination or booster vaccine in South Jakarta, Tuesday (29/3/2022). [ Winanto]

Data from the Ministry of Health also stated that as of March 27, 2022, vaccination coverage for the first dose had increased to 94.06 percent, the second dose was 75.79 percent and for the third dose it had reached 9.6 percent. The increase in vaccination coverage was also followed by a downward trend in COVID-19 cases.

Nevertheless, said Reisa, the transmission of COVID-19 will still exist, especially with the holy month of Ramadan where people will carry out social mobility to gather and travel back and forth to their hometowns.

Even the results of a survey conducted by the Transportation Research and Development Agency from the Ministry of Transportation show that there is a potential for as many as 80 million people to go home during Lebaran 2022.

During their activities in the month of Ramadan, people tend to meet a lot of other people, including children and elderly people who are vulnerable to this infection.

The easing of travel conditions also makes the potential for people going home to be even greater. So that carrying out COVID-19 vaccination can be one of the mitigation efforts to protect yourself and others.

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Reisa asked the entire community to continue to carry out health protocols properly and correctly as well as complete vaccination doses to ensure antibodies are formed to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19 in this year’s Ramadan.