Yudha Baskoro, Jakarta – A Covid-19 mass vaccination program for refugees and asylum seekers living in the Greater Jakarta area took place at the Bulungan Sports Hall in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, last Thursday.
Hosting the vaccination clinic were the Jakarta government, along with the Jakarta arm of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
About 600 refugees and asylum seekers from 13 countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran have signed up to receive their first Covid-19 vaccine dose.
They also came from Egypt, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Congo, Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
According to the UNHCR, about 4,942 refugees and asylum seekers aged 12 years and older are currently living in the Greater Jakarta area. Of that number, 313 people are from Afghanistan.
Refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia have no ID card and prime access to state facilities. This is why they have to wait for so long to receive their first Covid-19 jab.