COVID-19 cases can skyrocket during the year-end holidays, people are asked to remain vigilant and engage in complete vaccinations – The trend of increasing cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia often begins after long holidays. Since the appearance of the first case of COVID-19 in March 2020, it has been noted that several long holiday or year-end holidays together have had an impact on an increase in COVID-19 cases.

This is due to the high mobility of people during long holidays, both traveling abroad and within the country, lack of awareness in maintaining ProKes and not having complete vaccinations.

Because of that, Leni Rosylin, SPi, MSi., Coordinator of Agro Innovation Research, Pharmacy and Tourism, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs who represented KPCPEN expressed her concern about the increase in COVID-19 cases during the year-end holidays.

“Even though the spread has decreased, cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia are increasing due to new subvariants and increased mobility of people. Compared to several other countries, the increase in cases in Indonesia has not appeared significant,” he explained in a public seminar held by USAID some time ago.

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To prevent this, he said the public must remain vigilant with ProKes discipline by implementing 3M and not missing booster vaccinations, because currently the highest fatality rate for COVID-19 cases is still in the elderly and people who have not been vaccinated in full doses.

More on Indonesia’s readiness for a more controlled pandemic, Leni said, in preparing for the transition to a more controlled pandemic, Indonesia needs to continue to monitor the transmission of COVID-19 and its subvariants by continuing to carry out 3T (Tracing, Testing and Treatment).

In this case KPCPEN, he said, also continues to support the Ministry of Health and cross-sectoral organizations in intensifying full and booster doses of vaccinations until they reach the target from WHO, seeking to intensify the use of PeduliLindungi in the community.

In addition, said Leni, her party is also preparing health and logistics facilities in preparation for a spike in cases and conducting periodic monitoring and evaluation of PPKM.

University of Indonesia Epidemiologist Dr. Pandu Riono, MPH., Ph.D added, in dealing with outbreaks of infectious diseases, we only have to avoid transmission with ProKes and reduce the impact of transmission with vaccinations that can increase immunity.

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“If the population’s immunity is fulfilled (reliable and coverage is increased) through booster vaccinations, especially for people who are very vulnerable, then the pandemic will be well controlled and we can end it,” he said.

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