Suara.com – The government’s discourse on administering the fourth or second booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to the general public has now begun to be realized. This was also stated in the Circular of the Ministry of Health Number HK.02.02/C/380/2023 concerning the 2nd Booster Dose of COVID-19 Vaccination for the General Public Group.
Several areas, such as West Java, have now been prepared for more massive vaccine distribution.
In its history, the Covid-19 vaccine has been given 3 times, namely the first dose of vaccine and the second dose of vaccine, as well as a booster vaccine which has now reached almost 90% of completion in distribution.
for eras new normal At this time, many people are starting to wonder why vaccines are still being given, considering that the Covid-19 pandemic itself in Indonesia has entered an endemic period and transmission has begun to decrease.
The Ministry of Health itself has provided an explanation why the fourth vaccine still needs to be given to the public. See, here are the reasons why the fourth vaccine still needs to be distributed.
1. Increase the body’s immunity again
The Minister of Health, Budi Gunadi, revealed that the minimum dose of the third vaccine will decrease within six months. Thus, a fourth dose of vaccine is needed to strengthen the body’s immunity again.
“Because it’s been six months now, the data shows that immunity has decreased,” said the Minister of Health.
This also makes people still need to be given vaccines in order to boost the body’s immunity again.
2. Protect yourself
Not only that, the function of the vaccine to increase the body’s immunity is also to protect oneself from various diseases, especially the Covid-19 virus itself.
3. Reducing the risk of more severe symptoms
We all know that there are also quite a lot of types of the Covid-19 virus, the newest Omicron virus type is now suspected to be mutating again. With this in mind, the government finally took preventive steps to reduce the spread rate with the risk of more severe symptoms by giving the fourth dose of vaccine to the public.
4. Factual research from other countries
Several other countries, such as Israel, Italy and Sweden, have distributed the fourth dose of the vaccine to their people. In medical research there, several vaccines with high efficacy such as Pfizer were proven to be able to increase antibodies in the fourth vaccine administration.
In fact, in comparative data revealed by the state of Israel, the ability of the fourth vaccine to increase antibodies reaches between three and five times compared to people who only receive three doses of the vaccine.
Now, the government is also preparing a plan for administering the fourth vaccine to the public and it has started since the administration of the fourth vaccine to health workers in Indonesia has been completed.
However, Minister of Health Budi revealed that going forward booster vaccines would not be free for all groups. Budi also hinted that the free Covid-19 vaccine would only be given to recipients of contribution assistance (PBI) or people who were registered as recipients free of charge.
Contributors : Dea Nabila
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