In recent years, for example, the community and mass organizations in the country had refused to give measles and rubella (MR) vaccines. They argued that there was an illegal MR vaccine in it. This rejection is carried out with various statements of attitude. Apart from not allowing their children to receive vaccines, residents also gave physical threats to health workers.
During 2018, the Presidential Staff Office recorded several cases of physical threats such as those at the Papoyato Induk Health Center, Pohuwatu, Gorontalo. Six health workers who carried out MR immunization in Torosiaje Kepulauan Village received threats from the parents of children who were immunized with machetes. They locked the house and threatened to cut off the officer who administered the injection. (Read: They Die Firmly After Insulting the Prophet Muhammad SAW)
In addition, at the Posyandu in the Puskesmas Selalak Selatan, Banjarmasin City, South Kalimantan, a man asked about the vaccine. He said that the immunization was haram because it came from pigs. The man arrived with a sharp weapon and forced the officers to throw away the MR vaccine. The officers became frightened and left the posyandu.
Until September 2020, MR vaccination is still happening. One of them is in Bungo Regency, Jambi Province. Parents and some pesantren caregivers still refuse to be vaccinated for fear of the halal vaccine.
In fact, measles and rubella are contagious diseases for which there is no cure until now. This disease can trigger pneumonia, blindness, malnutrition, heart defects, cataracts, deafness, and disrupt children’s development.