Anyone can be vaccinated as long as he or she is in the Jakarta Metropolitan area. No matter he or she is resident of Jakarta or from other cities, an Indonesian citizen or a foreigner.
JAKARTA | KBA – Humanity is a sense of love and care to human beings, no matter where they are, in whatever condition, not to look at the color of the skin, religion and ethnic status.
Protecting each other is the common responsibility of every human being on earth.
Islam also propagates, if you save one human being, meaning you save the whole mankind. Therefore, saving human being is a noble task in Islamic teaching.
In the same vein and spirit, of Jakarta capital city, Governor Anies Baswedan provides vaccinations to all people who reside in the city of Jakarta. This is the basis for him to issue his instructions to provide the health service for vaccination in the city of Jakarta without looking at the Identity Card (KTP).
Anies said, anyone can be vaccinated as long as he or she is in the Jakarta Metropolitan area. No matter he or she is resident of Jakarta or from other cities.
The instruction applies to all people, no matter he or she is Indonesian citizen of a foreign one. Anies also does not consider the status of foreigners. As long is he or she lives in Jakarta, including people with asylum status. All of them, the foreigners, he or she is entitled with the right to get vaccination.
The instructions also apply to all foreign nationals (WNA) who are seeking asylum in Indonesia, especially in the city of Jakarta. According to the governor, vaccination to asylum seekers or refugees is must, not a single one is excluded, and Anies considers it is a humanitarian duty.
He is aware that Indonesia has not yet become a State Party to the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol, and does not yet have a system for determining refugee status.
But he is aware the existence of foreigners, expatriates, refugee or not, must be protected against the danger of corona virus pandemic. And, this is what he means humanitarian duty.
“I want this to be a humanitarian duty. And the message is simple. ‘We are not fully protected until everyone is protected’, is his famous slogan for strict protection for his citizens and residents from the danger of corona pandemic. That’s an important message. There is no way we can be fully protected, if not every one of us is protected,” he said.
The man who was included in the list of 20 influential figures in the world said he was grateful for the attitude of Jakarta health service to protect asylum seekers, so they felt comfortable and calm in the capital.
Anies said the hopes of asylum seekers for calm during the Covid-19 pandemic can finally be realized through vaccinations that began at the first week of October. “We Jakartans should be grateful we can protect the brothers and sisters of different nationals even for the refugees in our place so that they can feel calm.”
On the other hand, Anies appreciates UNHCR because they worked hard to facilitate refugees during this time. “To UNHCR we would like to thank you. What they are doing is extraordinary humanitarian work.”
According to the youngest former rector in Indonesia, facilitating refugees is not a simple job, but a complicated task, ranging from basic needs to administration.
He expects early vaccination for these refugees to be a good start to complete vaccinations for some 7,000 asylum seekers in the capital. “Today there are about 7,000 refugees in Jakarta. Hopefully it can be completed so that in Jakarta all can be protected,” he said.
The first phase of vaccination to foreign nationals seeking asylum in Jakarta is as many as 600 people. They were vaccinated using the Sinopharm vaccine.
The vaccine recipients come from 13 countries. Among others Afghanistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Yemen, Sudan, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Myanmar, Uganda and Congo. Of the 600 vaccination recipients, the most of the asylum seekers are from Afghanistan, which is 313 people. (kba)