“Complete the basic vaccinations immediately,” said the Head of Disease Prevention and Control of the DKI Health Office, Dwi Oktavia at a seminar on Covid-19 vaccination and child vaccination in Jakarta, Tuesday (30/11).
“Don’t let them become vulnerable due to other illnesses that can be prevented by vaccination because parents forget to complete their children’s vaccinations. So routine vaccinations during the Covid-19 pandemic must still be pursued,” he said.
The basic vaccinations, namely for infants aged zero to 11 months, must receive basic immunizations including tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus (DPT), polio, to measles, rubella. Then children aged 18 to 24 months are required to receive further immunizations for DPT and rubella measles.
Furthermore, immunization for elementary school children is getting measles, rubella and Diphtheria and Tetanus (DT) immunizations for first graders at SD/Madrasah Ibtidaiyah and tetanus diphtheria (Td) immunizations for second and fifth graders.
Not only that, DKI Jakarta also provides vaccinations to prevent cervical cancer specifically for girls in the fifth grade of elementary school and continued during the sixth grade of elementary school which has been carried out since 2016.
“The coverage (of cervical cancer vaccination) from 2016 to 2019 is quite high at 90 percent and we can pursue it in 2020 to 2021, we can increase it not only public schools but also private and religious-based schools,” said Dwi as quoted by Antara.
Dwi, who is familiarly called Lies, added that basic vaccinations for infants and seniors aged 18-24 months were recorded to be high with an average in 2020 reaching the range of up to 99 percent.
Meanwhile, follow-up vaccination for elementary school children will be boosted through limited Face-to-face Learning (PTM) after previously being constrained by remote PTM due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“With PTM, we can catch up with giving further vaccinations for elementary school children in grades one, two, five and six so that children’s antibodies can be maintained high and reduce the risk of diseases that can be prevented by immunization, not only Covid but also other diseases,” he concluded. [fik]