Covid-19 vaccination program, Director of UNAIR Hospital: This is a joint effort to create herd immunity

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Prof. Dr. Nasronudin, Sp.PD., KPTI-FINASIM., Director of UNAIR Hospital gives comments regarding the vaccination program. (Photo: M. Agus Irwanto)

UNAIR NEWS – All regions in Indonesia started the vaccination process after President Joko Widodo was administered with the vaccine on January 13, 2021. For the initial batch, the vaccination program is aimed at health workers, community leaders, and various elements who are at the front line of Covid-19 pandemic handling.  

Regarding the vaccination program which has been running for more than two weeks, Prof. Dr. Nasronudin, Sp.PD., KPTI-FINASIM., the Director of Universitas Airlangga Hospital, gave a positive response and welcomed the program. To UNAIR NEWS on January 26,  Prof. Nasron said that the ongoing vaccination was aimed at healthy people with predetermined criteria.

“It aims to ensure that each individual has good immunity to fight the Covid-19 virus,” he said.

Moreover, Prof. Nasron also said that the vaccination will be carried out in two shots. For the first injection, he explained, it is useful as a way for the body to remember the incoming virus and be strong against it, while the second injection aims to increase immunity its maximum.

“This vaccination program is very good. If implemented optimally, it will be our collective effort to create herd immunity in society, “he explained.

Furthermore, he also added that in Indonesia, there must be at least 70% of the population to be vaccinated. This is intended so herd immunity can be realized in society.

“With herd immunity created, even though this virus is transmitted everywhere, there will be less transmission because immunity has been formed. That way this pandemic will slowly decrease and hopefully will disappear, ”he explained.

At the end, Prof. Nasron also appealed to all elements of the society to participate in this government program. Participation to the support the vaccination program means that we have jointly struggled to reduce the pace of the pandemic.

“However, even though they have been vaccinated, all of them must still apply health protocols well. It is important to continue 3M, along with the vaccination process until it is over, “he concluded.

Author: Nuri Hermawan

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