SuaraBatam.id – Vaccine stocks in the Riau Islands (Kepri) are running low. The Riau Islands Province COVID-19 Handling Task Force twice sent letters to the central government for additional vaccines.
Secretary of the Riau Islands COVID-19 Task Force, Muhamad Darwin, in Tanjungpinang City, Thursday, said that vaccine stocks in a number of regencies and cities had run out, such as Tanjungpinang, Natuna, Karimun and Anambas Islands districts. Meanwhile, there are only 300 doses of vaccine in Batam, 168 doses for Bintan and 432 doses for Lingga.
“The district and city task forces have also asked us for a vaccine,” he said, quoted by Antara.
Darwin said that vaccine supplies at the center were also running low, so the Riau Islands COVID-19 Handling Task Force understood that until now the vaccine had not been distributed to the Riau Islands.
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“At the center it is also starting to run out. We believe the central government will take quick steps so that the vaccine stock in Riau Islands is adequate,” he said.
The Head of the Riau Islands Energy and Mineral Resources Agency appealed to the public, especially those who wish to travel outside the province, to be patient. The Riau Islands COVID-19 Handling Task Force immediately announced to the public that the vaccine was distributed centrally to the Riau Islands.
“We ask you to be patient, hopefully in the near future the center will return to distributing vaccines to Riau Islands,” he said.
Spokesperson for the Riau Islands COVID-19 Handling Task Force, Tjetjep Yudiana, hopes that the central government will immediately distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to Riau Islands.
“We want the vaccination program to reach the target so that the community’s immunity is formed communally,” he said.
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The former Head of the Riau Islands Health Service also appealed to the public not to delay injecting the COVID-19 vaccine if there was already a stock of vaccine at the puskesmas. He reminded that the injection of the vaccine was a necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic.