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The Ministry of Health Discusses the Possibility of a Second COVID Booster Vaccine as a Travel Requirement

The Ministry of Health Discusses the Possibility of a Second COVID Booster Vaccine as a Travel Requirement
The Ministry of Health Discusses the Possibility of a Second COVID Booster Vaccine as a Travel Requirement
Jakarta

Indonesian Ministry of Health spokesperson Mohammad Syahril said daily cases of COVID-19 had decreased drastically, for confirmations it had decreased by 24.42 percent during the week while inpatients had shrunk to 13.31 percent.

Even so, the government allowed a second booster COVID-19 vaccination for the general public as the post-vaccination ‘antibody’ vigilance faded. Especially for those who have received the first booster COVID-19 vaccination for more than six months.

Will it be a Travel Requirement?

Syahril said there were no plans to change travel requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic after the Restrictions on Community Activities (PPKM) was lifted. He said, the travel policy still refers to SE Number 24 of 2022.

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“There have been no permanent changes in accordance with the circular requirements from the COVID-19 task force, while the second booster has not yet been received
a recommendation becomes a condition of travel. Not yet included as a travel requirement,” explained Syahril in a press conference Tuesday (24/1/2023).

Indonesian Citizen Immunity Research Released in February

The government also routinely conducts sero surveys to measure the level of public immunity against COVID-19, both from vaccination and natural infection. It is estimated that the results of the sero survey can be obtained no later than the middle of next month.

“It is estimated that in early or mid-February, the results will be conveyed to the public. This is our third sero survey,” he said.

In a similar vein, the spokesperson for the COVID-19 Task Force, Prof. Wiku Adisasmito, said that there were no new rules regarding travel requirements.

“The government regulations for travelers are still the same at this time,” said Prof. Wiku when contacted on Tuesday (24/1/2023).

This means that travel requirements still refer to SE Number 24 of 2022 concerning Provisions for Domestic Travel during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The regulation obliges every domestic traveler, whether using private or public vehicles, to be responsible for their own health.

PPDN no longer needs to attach negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test results, but travel requirements are required to at least have received the first booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, for the 18 year age group.

Meanwhile, those aged 6-17 years are required to have a second dose of vaccination as a condition for travel, and those aged under 6 years are exempt from vaccination requirements. However, they are required to travel with a companion who has met the COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Meanwhile, those with special health conditions or comorbid diseases who cannot receive vaccinations must attach a doctor’s statement from a government hospital stating that they cannot take the Covid-19 vaccination.

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The article is in Indonesian

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