Vaccination campaigns against the coronavirus are already active in multiple countries around the world, but not all apply the same strategy in this process. Most nations have prioritized older people as a risk group for COVID-19. However, in some cases it has been chosen to immunize other sectors of the population first.
This policy is the one that Indonesia has decided to implement, a country of 276 million inhabitants that has focused its efforts on the first stage of vaccination in the working adults, after immunizing health professionals who carry out their work in the front line of hospitals.
In this way, people between 18 and 59 years are now being the sector to which the vaccine is being administered from the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, the only one currently being injected into its citizens by the Indonesian health authorities.
Collect more data
The main reason for not applying the vaccine for the moment to older people is that the Government of the Asian country wishes To collect more data on the effectiveness of this drug in people over 59 years of age before giving it to this population at risk.
Furthermore, the Indonesian authorities consider that immunizing the sector of the population most transmitting the coronavirus first is the ideal strategy to curb the impact of the disease between its borders. The data managed by those responsible for Health show that workers monopolize the 80% of infections in a country that already accumulates more than 858,000 cases and that is the most affected in Southeast Asia.
Don’t paralyze the economy
The reasons for this situation are attributed to the fact that these people travel to work centers and have contact with other individuals. Thus, and by the need not to paralyze the economy, It is considered a priority to immunize working adults in these early stages of the vaccination campaign.
Also, many of these people live in their homes with the elderly in a country in which it is not usual for older subjects to be in residencesTherefore, authorities believe that prioritizing individuals between the ages of 18 and 59 has the positive effect of being effective against the pandemic without harming the economy.
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