Jakarta, 7 February 2022 – As an effort to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the school environment and be of assistance to the national vaccination program, YCAB Foundation held a mass vaccination activity for children aged 6 to 11 years entitled i-SERVE Vaccine Roadshow West Java. This activity, which has been running since the end of last December in a number of schools in Bekasi and Bandung, is supported by PT. Chevron Pacific Indonesia (PT. CPI). Another form of support provided by PT. CPI is by allocating their staff as volunteers in the vaccination activity.
A total of 30 employees and families of PT. CPI were enthusiastic and played an active role in assisting the implementation of vaccination activities at SDN Jatimakmur V and SDN Jatirahayu VIII. As said by Teddy Abrian, Senior Manager of PT. CPI’s Commercial, “I am very proud to be able to contribute as a volunteer in this child vaccination program. By participating directly in this program, I can see firsthand how our health workers carry out professional child vaccinations. As long as the Covid-19 pandemic is not over, I will continue to support programs like this to continue being implemented.”
It is hoped that through this collaborative program, i-SERVE Vaccine can support the achievement of the herd immunity target set by the Government of Indonesia. President Director of PT. CPI, Albert Simanjuntak stated, “PT CPI is very grateful to be able to participate as volunteers in the field to assist health workers in the child vaccination program in several schools in Bekasi. We hope that the i-SERVE Vaccine program can help the Government of Indonesia, especially the local Health Office, in achieving the vaccination target for elementary school students.”
The presence of PT. The CPI in the i-SERVE Vaccine was well received by the school and parents. The Principal of SDN Jatimakmur V, H. Dedi Supriyadi, S.Pd., expressed his appreciation. “This is the first time we have ever seen a large company participate directly by volunteering to help launch a school vaccination program. Of course, this program provides enormous benefits in breaking the Covid-19 chain, both for our students, and the general public at large. Hopefully PT. Chevron Pacific Indonesia can continue to be a driving force in supporting the Indonesian government’s programs, especially in the field of education for future generations,” said Dedi.
Gita Elwarin, one of the parents also expressed her appreciation for the vaccination that all students could enjoy, “The whole vaccination process went very smoothly and was on schedule. My son and I are very happy to be able to experience the benefits provided by PT CPI and YCAB Foundation through the i-SERVE Vaccine program. We hope that PT CPI and YCAB Foundation can continue programs like this, not only for vaccination, but also for other activities in the near future.”
Until the end of January, i-SERVE Vaccine has served more than 25 schools in West Java and has vaccinated more than 10 thousand children aged 6-11 years, including children with disabilities. Vaccination services for this age group are important because of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the midst of face-to-face learning. Therefore, YCAB Foundation, through i-SERVE Vaccine, provides vaccination services in a number of schools.
Veronica Colondam, Founder and CEO of YCAB Foundation said, “Education is the basic right of every child to get a better life. However, the Covid-19 pandemic is increasingly worrisome, especially for underprivileged children whose right to education can be taken from due to various limitations. One of the obstacles they experience is the difficulty of following online lessons because they have to wait for their turn to use gadgets. In addition to that, social interactions that are important in the child’s growth stage, such as playing, are also lost. It is no wonder that many parents, students, and teachers want face-to-face schools to continue running. Therefore, YCAB Foundation takes an active role through the i-SERVE Vaccine, to help protect children from the threat of Covid-19 as well as to help fulfill their right, that is adequate education.”
The i-SERVE Vaccine service for children aged 6-11 years is made possible with the cooperation of various stakeholders, including the West Java Provincial Government and the Bandung and Bekasi City Governments. It is hoped that through this activity the national vaccination target for children aged 6-11 years, which reaches 26 million people can be achieved soon.