12 Jul Indonesia’s Ministry of Health Signed a Comprehensive Partnership With HaloDoc In Accordance to Battling Covid-19
After more than a year of fighting the pandemic, Indonesia’s Ministry of Health, or Kemenkes, has made a beneficial decision to collaborate with PT Media Dokter Investama to increase vaccination rates in Indonesia. The world’s attention was drawn to Indonesia after the country saw a second wave of Coronavirus outbreaks following the Lebaran festival and the arrival of the Delta variant from India.
Nonetheless of the rising number of infected people, the amount of individuals willing to take the vaccine is quite concerning. Pro-vax assistance and support abound endlessly on social media platforms, and doctors’ advocacies and opinions on the matter have gone viral. Yet, despite the things that are happening online, nothing seems to be getting Indonesia closer to herd immunity.
The government on the other hand is whirled with the indication that the vaccination rate today was nowhere near the target set. Only 37,2% of the citizens have been immunized. Therefore, to solve this issue the country’s ministry of health signed up a partnership with PT Media Dokter Investama which has emerged as the government’s top pick upon the launching of their medical app, Halodoc.
Indonesia’s Ministry of Health Aims to Speed Up Vaccination
Right on the 1st of May 2021, Oscar Primadi, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Health, and Halodoc CEO and Cofounder, Jonathan Sudharta sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ministry of Health and Halodoc in Jakarta, Indonesia. This collaboration is in compliance with the conditions of the Regulation of the Minister of Health Number 10 of 2021 regarding the Implementation of Vaccination in the Context of Overcoming the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic, which states that the government, in this case, the Ministry of Health, can collaborate with institutions.
Through this agreement, Halodoc will be the Ministry of Health’s only official partner in delivering a drive-through Covid-19 immunization service centre. The Indonesian government believes that its citizens will be able to get easier and faster access to vaccines with the Halodoc app.
Oscar stated that this collaboration is a sort of public-private partnership that may be used to accelerate the national immunization program for 181.5 million Indonesians, which is projected to be completed in a year. In order to achieve this purpose, the government acknowledges that support and commitment from all the nation’s components, including the private sector, would be necessary. He also pointed out how this partnership will help the government to safely and effectively record data as registration is done through the app.
How to Benefit from this Partnership?
To reap the benefits of this public-private partnership and increase immunization rates, Indonesians can download the Halodoc App from their device’s App Store or Google Play Store.
Sign up for an account, then select “Buat Janji RS” or schedule an appointment with a hospital and pick Covid19 Vaccination. The vaccination audience, date, and location may all be shown there. If they are the intended audience and have met all immunization requirements, they may register for the injection. By that time, they will have received notifications and will be required to be present on the day of the vaccine to receive either their first or second dosage.
This time, the vaccine is already available to the general public. Indonesian residents from children of age 12-17 to the elderly are allowed to get the vaccine.
With the app being accessible at all times, the government do hope that the vaccination rate will increase within time and the pandemic shall be suppressed.
Interested in more of Indonesia’s take in fighting COVID-19? Do read From “10-Year Crisis” to COVID-19 Pandemic: The Journey of Indonesia’s Economy from External Shock and No Poverty SDGs Implementation In The Middle of Covid-19 Pandemic.