Vaccine distribution in the country declined quite sharply.
Convidecia vaccine is not yet included in the national vaccination program because the current supply is still deemed adequate.
Pre-existing condition shouldnt prevent the elderlies to get their COVID-19 vaccine doses even though they have to ensure the conditions are controlled.
Volunteers taking part in Merah Putih vaccine trial will be monitored for a year after they received the shot.
All subjects must be at least 18 years of age, and the phase one trial is planned to be carried out on February 9 at Regional Public Hospital (RSUD) Dr. Soetomo in Surabaya, East Java.
Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin also revealed that the majority of hospitalized patients who are in serious condition also havent received complete vaccine doses.
BPOM issues emergency use authorization (UEA) upon evaluation on the safety and efficacy aspects of Sinopharm vaccine, which will be used as homologous booster.
Merah Putih vaccine has concluded its preclinical trial on animal and is currently awaiting phase one of clinical trial planned for early February.
The decision was made because the country considers public health to be the most important aspect.
Ministry of Health estimates hospitalization to be lower as symptoms have been found to be considerably mild.
The Agency issued emergency use authorization (UEA) after evaluation with experts found the vaccines to have met the standards and requirements.
The government must take into account the health condition of each individual before COVID-19 booster is given.
The program will start on Wednesday, January 12, and spokesperson for COVID-19 vaccination Siti Nadia Tarmizi said the COVID-19 booster shot will be both free and paid.
"For this arrival, the Indonesian government expresses its gratitude to the Governments of France, Germany, the United States, and Greece," Indonesia COVID-19 spokesperson said.
President Joko Widodo said clerics play a big and important role in promoting COVID-19 vaccine to public and easing vaccine hesitancy among Indonesians.
The North Cikarang Police handed out ice cream to elementary students during a vaccination to woo them into getting vaccinated.
Indonesia has started vaccinating children aged six to 11 on Tuesday, December 14, but only a handful of provinces have been allowed to roll out the vaccination.
An Indonesian woman claimed her husband went blind after receiving AstraZeneca vaccine in September.
The COVID-19 Task Force reported on Wednesday that more than 86 million of citizens have received the second dose of coronavirus vaccine.
As part of the cooperation between the two countries during the pandemic, New Zealand provided Indonesia 684,400 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine under the dose-sharing scheme, Marsudi noted.