DENPASAR, Bali (BPN) – The COVID-19 vaccine finally arrived in Bali from Biofarma Bandung on Tuesday, at 00.30 WITA at the Bali Health Office. Bali received 31,000 vaccine vials, produced by Sinovac, China.
“Currently, the vaccines are still at the testing phase by the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM), and are stored in the cold room at Bali Health Office before we can distribute to all regencies/city in Bali,” said the Governor of Bali.
Governor Koster said for the first phase, this vaccine is targeting health workers totaling 30,320 people.
In Jembrana Regency as many as 1,533 people, Tabanan Regency as many as 3,118 people, Badung Regency with 5,551 people, Gianyar Regency with 3,134 people, Klungkung Regency 1,691 people, Bangli Regency 1,246 people, Karangasem Regency 1,074 people, Buleleng Regency 3,590 people, and Denpasar City 9,383 people.
“We are awaiting the decision from the Central BPOM regarding the distribution to the Regencies / City,” he said.
Koster explained the arrival of the Sinovac vaccine proves Bali is a priority for the Central Government for accelerating the health recovery in order to recover Bali’s tourism, including as an effort to restore the economy in Bali and Indonesia.
“Bali gets the priority, because Bali as a world tourism destination is expected to recover quickly from COVID-19, and then will be followed by the trust of people both in Indonesia and the world to restore tourism in Bali, to revitalize and revive the economy on the island and Indonesia in general,” he said.