Based on data from the Indonesian Ministry of Health as of September 30, 2021, only 8.5 million West Java residents have received the 2nd dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. This figure is much lower than the targeted 70% provincial vaccine coverage by December 2021, or equivalent to 37 million residents. Given the urgency of the matter, PT. Chevron Pacific Indonesia in collaboration with YCAB Foundation held the i-SERVE Vaccine program roadshow through West Java, serving the people, including those with disabilities. The West Java i-SERVE Vaccine program has been held in a number of key locations in Bandung City, Bandung Regency, and Bekasi Regency since October 2021.
Albert Simanjuntak, President Director of PT. Chevron Pacific Indonesia said, “I hope that this program can help the Indonesian government, and in particular the Ministry of Health, in achieving the herd immunity target set by the government, so that economic activities can continue. In addition, in line with Chevron’s values which always places humanity at the forefront, this program also targets people with disabilities who are more vulnerable to Covid-19 exposure and require special attention in getting vaccinated.”
People with disabilities have now been included in the priority group for the national Covid-19 vaccination program by the government. This is because they are more susceptible to Covid-19 exposure, given the challenges in implementing health protocols due to their disability. The visually impaired, for example, must often resort to touching various public objects with a high contamination risk in order to identify their surroundings. In addition, people with disabilities have limited or troubled access to health services, such as the unequal availability of dedicated wheelchair lanes. Covid-19 can also worsen the health conditions of people with certain disabilities due to lower immunity levels in general.
From March to September 2021, the i-SERVE Vaccine implemented by the YCAB Foundation vaccinated 50,451 residents in DKI Jakarta and Serang, including 1,200 people with disabilities. Based on this experience, the i-SERVE Vaccine programs understand the need for special services to facilitate people with disabilities. Apart from people with disabilities and vulnerable groups, however, the West Java i-SERVE Vaccine is also open to the general public aged 12 years and over who have a Citizenship Identification Number in the form of an ID card (KTP), KK or KIA. This mass vaccination booth was set up in a number of locations, including at the Zakat Alkahfi charity in Bekasi and at PUSDAI, SLB Cicendo, as well as the Andir, Cibaduyut, Ciwidey, and Baleendah Markets in Bandung. The i-SERVE Vaccine program was carried out with the support of various parties including the Ministry of Health, GERMAS, West Java Provincial Government, Bandung City Government, Bandung Regency Government, Dekranasda West Java Province, and IKA UNPAD.
Veronica Colondam, Founder and CEO of YCAB Foundation stated “The i-SERVE Vaccine program in Bekasi and Bandung is a strategic step to accelerate the achievement of vaccination targets in West Java by holding a free vaccination roadshow for the public. A number of locations that we focused on were hard-to-reach areas, and we succeeded in vaccinating 10,276 people, including people with disabilities. We hope that this activity will contribute to the acceleration of vaccinations.”
Prospective vaccine recipients are encouraged to register online through the YCAB Foundation website. For more information about the i-SERVE Vaccine, prospective vaccination recipients may also contact the YCAB Foundation Helpline by sending a message via WhatsApp.
Aside from vaccinations, PT. Chevron Pacific Indonesia and YCAB Foundation have also provided a medical equipment supplies warehouse for crisis response to support the Ministry of Health. Warehouse Management Training is also provided by PT. Chevron Pacific Indonesia and YCAB Foundation to employees of the Ministry of Health. Through the West Java i-SERVE Vaccine program, PT. Chevron Pacific Indonesia and YCAB Foundation urge residents of Bandung and Bekasi to immediately protect themselves and those around them by getting the Covid-19 vaccinations. Vaccinated residents will not only be able to protect themselves but will also aid in the acceleration of herd immunity, thereby reducing the spread of Covid-19 in Indonesia.