IOM applauds the Government of Bekasi City for opening access to COVID-19 vaccines for refugees

Bekasi. September 1, 2021 – IOM facilitated the Government of Bekasi City’s COVID-19 vaccination program for 118 refugees in the area.

“With the support of Puskesmas Jatisampurna, refugees are being given the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine today and they will receive the second dose on September 22, 2021, stated dr, Kartini Tampubolon, National Migration Health Officer, IOM Indonesia.

“Vaccination is the most effective tool to prevent outbreaks and keep individuals and entire communities safe and healthy,” she added.

The virus knows no borders or nationality; and neither should our solidarity.  IOM applauds the response of the City Government of Bekasi and Pukesmas Jatisampurna for opening COVID-19 vaccination access to the refugee community.

Since the start of the pandemic, IOM has worked alongside government health offices and hospitals nationwide to strengthen government efforts to address the health and social impacts of COVID-19.

These efforts reinforce the importance of ensuring that nobody is left behind when it comes to vaccination especially so that all vulnerable groups within these communities, including refugees, have access.  In coordination with the Indonesian Government and other stakeholders, IOM is partnering to support the availability of vaccination for all community members, including refugees across the country.

IOM has delivered more than IDR 15 billion in essential medical equipment, ventilators, health and hygiene supplies to hospitals, health facilities and to people in need throughout the country. IOM has also delivered cold chain supplies for the safe delivery of vaccines, personal protective equipment and more. 

 

For media inquiries, please contact Ariani Hasanah Soejoeti at IOM Indonesia, email: asoejoeti@iom.int , tel. +628122726308.

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