By: Aulia Hawa )*
The Indonesian government is trying hard to control so that the transmission of the Covid-19 virus is suppressed to a minimum, so that the pandemic can end quickly. The strategy is to carry out door to door and PPKM vaccinations which are continuously extended.
The pandemic is like an endless nightmare, and we are all fighting to avoid contracting Corona. The trick is to obey the rules made by the government, such as the 10M health protocol, vaccination, and PPKM. No complaints should come out while undergoing it because the community must understand that all of this is for the safety and health of all.
The national vaccination program is also assisted by door-to-door vaccinations initiated by the State Intelligence Agency (BIN). Executive Director of the Indonesian Public Institute Karyono Wibowo stated that door to door vaccination is the right step in establishing herd immunity . He also appreciated BIN for having a brilliant idea to pick up the vaccination ball.
Door to door vaccination has proven to be able to control Corona because it helps achieve the target of 2 million injections per day (all over Indonesia). After 7 months of national vaccination, more than 50% of Indonesian citizens have been vaccinated, and group immunity will soon be formed. Currently, there are 15 provinces that do not have a death rate due to Corona, including DKI Jakarta, because it is possible that patients have been vaccinated so that they will get healthy quickly.
Door to door vaccination also makes it easier for civil society. The reason is, when it is held in Puskesmas, hospitals, or other public places, it is very limited. However, when health workers directly meet residential areas, it will be very effective and efficient, and they will be injected voluntarily.
In addition, door-to-door vaccination makes it easier for people who have difficulty going to mass vaccination sites, for example because there are no transportation costs or other factors. Door-to-door vaccination also makes it easier for people with disabilities, seniors, and pregnant women, so that they will get the vaccine and just sit back and relax while waiting in line before getting an injection.
In addition to vaccination, PPKM level is also able to control Corona. Although the rules have been relaxed, since September 2021, it is proven that the number of Covid patients continues to decline. If in July 2021 more than 50,000 people are affected by Corona per day, then in October 2021 the number of patients is ‘only’ 700 per day, and it is hoped that it will continue to decline.
The rules in PPKM levels 1-3 are somewhat relaxed, including the mobility of citizens. If in the past the restrictions were very strict, now they have been slightly lowered, but replaced with the odd and even license plate regulations. This regulation, although a bit lax, is quite effective in controlling Corona in Indonesia, because it has been proven to reduce the number of Covid patients and BOR (bed occupancy rate) in hospitals.
In addition, when the PPKM level comes into effect, people are allowed to work from the office and their children can learn face-to-face. Of course with strict health protocols. Teachers are also required to be vaccinated before schools are opened and building sanitation is very important, and if necessary, each room is sprayed with disinfectant.
During the PPKM level, a number of shopping centers also enforce strict rules, only those who are vaccinated may enter and shop . This is evidenced by the PeduliLindung application. Even then, the number of visitors is limited to a maximum of 50%. This is to prevent a spike in cases due to crowds in public places.
PPKM and door-to-door vaccination have proven effective in controlling Corona. When mobility is regulated and there are other rules, the transmission of the Covid-19 virus also decreases. In addition, door-to-door vaccination accelerates the formation of communal immunity and helps achieve the target of completing vaccination in early 2022.
)* The author is a contributor to the Press Circle and Cikini Students