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Indonesia kicks off Covid-19 vaccination drive

President Widodo and religious leaders become the country's first recipients of Chinese-made shot

Indonesia kicks off Covid-19 vaccination drive

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (center) becomes the first recipient of the Covid-19 vaccine at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Jan. 13. (Photo: courtesy of Humas Sekretaris Kabinet/Jay)

Didacus Prajojo, a 53-year-old Catholic doctor, was ready to receive his first Covid-19 vaccine dose after getting a notification via a text message from the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

The father of three, who works at the Catholic-run Brayat Minulya Hospital in Surakarta in Central Java province, registered via an SMS and received an electronic ticket serving as an invitation to become a verified vaccine recipient. The next step was to fill in a form containing a set of questions, including ones about comorbid conditions.

“I got rejected because of comorbidities. I suffer from hypertension and diabetes. That is why I could not receive the vaccine,” he told UCA News.
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He did not give up, though. He tried to register one more time. But once again he was rejected. “I have no choice but to continue to maintain health protocols. I have to make sure that my blood pressure and blood sugar level are stable. Also, I always pray to God,” he said.

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