Don't be fooled by the issue, these are important facts about the COVID-19 vaccine

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Don't be fooled by the issue, these are important facts about the COVID-19 vaccine
Don't be fooled by the issue, these are important facts about the COVID-19 vaccine

Since it was reported that the COVID-19 vaccine had arrived in Indonesia, various issues emerged that made the public doubt its safety. In addition, many people do not understand the distribution process throughout Indonesia. In order not to be consumed by rumors, consider the following facts about the COVID-19 vaccine

Entering the year 2021, the COVID-19 disease is still the biggest scourge for the world community. In addition to implementing he alth protocols, administering the COVID-19 vaccine is the most appropriate way to break the chain of transmission of this virus.

Don't be fooled by rumors, these are important facts about the COVID-19 vaccine - Alodokter

The Indonesian government has brought in 3 million COVID-19 vaccines produced by Chinese manufacturer Sinovac in two stages. A total of 1.2 million doses arrived on December 6, 2020, then 1.8 million doses arrived in Indonesia on December 31, 2020.

Important Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccine

The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia raises various issues that actually make people restless. Information circulating in cyberspace that the COVID-19 vaccine is not safe to use or contains non-halal ingredients. Apart from that, there is still a lot of misinformation circulating and needs to be corrected.

The following are important facts about the COVID-19 vaccine that you should know:

1. COVID-19 vaccine is safe and halal to use

Not a few people doubt the safety and halalness of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, it should be noted that vaccines to be distributed in Indonesia must first be confirmed to pass clinical trials and evaluations from BPOM.

Regarding the content, Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine contains an inactivated virus, not a live or attenuated virus. This vaccine also does not contain borax, formalin, mercury, and preservatives.

In addition, the issue that the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) stated that the COVID-19 vaccine contains non-halal ingredients is information that has been confirmed to be false. The safety of the vaccine will also of course continue to be monitored, both when given and after. So you don't have to worry, okay.

2. The COVID-19 vaccine to be circulated is not for clinical trials

There is information circulating in the community which states that the COVID-19 vaccine that will be used in the vaccination program is only for clinical trials. In fact, this vaccine is not for clinical trials and has obtained a license for use from BPOM.

Sinovac vaccine packaging named Corovac for clinical trials uses pre-filled syringe or injection packaging, where the vaccine and syringe are in one package.

While the vaccines to be distributed by the government are packaged in single dose vials (glass bottles), without the "only for clinical trial" marking.

3. COVID-19 vaccine does not contain vero

The government has clarified that Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine does not contain vero cells which are rumored to be non-halal. Vero cells are only a culture medium for viral growth and development as vaccine raw materials.

After getting a sufficient amount of virus, the virus will be separated from the growth medium and killed to be used as a vaccine. So, Vero cells will not be carried away in the final process of making vaccines.

4. Distribution of COVID-19 vaccine will be completed in 15 months

The distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine throughout Indonesia is reported to take 3.5 years. The real fact is that this time is the completion of vaccination worldwide, not for Indonesia.

The government stated that it would take 15 months to complete the vaccination in all corners of Indonesia, starting from January 2021 to March 2022.

5. Stages of the COVID-19 vaccine recipient group

The supply of COVID-19 vaccine is not enough to be given to all Indonesian people at once. So, the government will provide the COVID-19 vaccine in stages. The first period will start from January to April 2021, and the second period from April 2021 to March 2022.

There are several groups that are prioritized to receive the vaccine first. According to WHO, he alth workers, public officials, and people who are at high risk of contracting or becoming seriously ill due to COVID-19, for example due to having co-morbidities, are the priority group.

The following is a list of groups receiving COVID-19 vaccines in Indonesia and the stages of administration:

Period I (January–April 2021)

  • Phase I, as many as 1.3 million for he alth workers
  • Phase II, as many as 17.4 million for public officers who cannot implement social distancing effectively and as many as 21.5 million for the elderly (over 60 years old)

Period II (April 2021–March 2022)

  • Phase III, as many as 63.9 million for people with a high risk of transmission, both in terms of place of residence or economic and social class
  • Phase IV, as many as 77.4 million to the general public with a cluster approach according to the availability of vaccines

Those are some important facts about the COVID-19 vaccine that you need to understand. In today's digital era, information can spread very quickly and without limits. So, you need to be more vigilant and wise in filtering information, including information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

In addition, keep in mind that vaccines are a preventive measure, not a cure. So, even though you will receive the COVID-19 vaccine, you still have to apply other COVID-19 prevention protocols, such as regularly washing your hands, wearing masks, implementing physical distancing, and avoiding crowds. This is important to prevent transmission of COVID-19 after vaccination.

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, including the schedule between the first and second doses, as well as the different types of COVID-19 vaccine between the first and second administration, or other information related to this disease, don't hesitate to consult a doctor. By choosing wisely and disseminating information, you can save the Indonesian people from the negative impact of hoax news.

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