Director of Health Surveillance and Quarantine of the Directorate General of P2P, Ministry of Health, drg. R Vensya Sitohang M Epid, stated that there is no need to be afraid of immunization because the quality is maintained and of course from registration to manufacturing is maintained.
“It is also guarded by WHO (the world health agency) and of course the implementation in Indonesia is also guarded by the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM)”, said Vensya when speaking at the dialogue ‘Vaccines: Protecting Yourself, Protecting the Country’ which was held at the Media Center Committee for Handling COVID-19 and National Economic Recovery (KPCPEN), and broadcast via the FMB9 YouTube channel, Thursday (1/10/20).
Vaccines are available for various diseases, ranging from smallpox, polio, tuberculosis, pneumonia, tetanus, measles, rubella, hepatitis B, diphtheria, japanese enchephalitis, pertussis, and the latest cervical cancer. Including maternal tetanus and for newborns that were successfully eliminated in 2016. There are also maternal and neonatal diseases.
“The development of vaccination never stops. Therefore, support from all parties is needed, so that all those who are targeted for immunization can get their rights and receive immunizations to avoid diseases that can be prevented through immunization,” he continued.
To regulate the provision of vaccines, the government has prepared Law no. 36 of 2009 concerning Health which regulates every child has the right to receive basic immunization according to the provisions to prevent diseases that are avoided through immunization. Through Permenkes No. 12 of 2017 the government will provide and distribute all logistics related to immunization starting from the vaccine, syringes, safety boxes and so on.
Especially for the COVID-19 vaccine, so far the government has prepared a roadmap so that the vaccine is available on time. “For the short term, the Government has conducted diplomacy with various parties in the provision of vaccines. Meanwhile, in the long term, the development of the Red and White vaccine, domestic production, is carried out,” said Vensya.
Regarding vaccinations in children, the Head of Public Relations and Welfare of Indonesian Pediatricians Association (IDAI) members, Dr. Hartono Gunadi, stated, “It is necessary to educate parents so that they have an understanding of immunization, without fearing that their children will contract dangerous infectious diseases that should be prevented by immunization. Parents need to understand, accept and have a good attitude towards immunization, “.