Vulnerable groups, such as people with disabilities and pregnant women, began to receive vaccinations in the regions. This effort is encouraged to minimize the risk of being infected with COVID-19, as well as to pursue the target number of people who are vaccinated to provide the necessary health protection.
The vaccination program for people with disabilities and their caregivers is organized in collaboration between the Indonesian Air Force, YAKKUM, YEU, PRY, STIKES Bethesda, and CBM took place on September 10, 2021 at Gading Airfield, Playen, Gunungkidul District. Participants in this vaccination were people with disabilities and the elderly, as well as their caregivers who have registered through the registration contact, also those who have been recorded by the organizers.
Vaccination for vulnerable groups, especially for people with disabilities and the elderly, requires special preparation in terms of its implementation. Therefore, the organizers ensure that there are appropriate accommodation and facilities to ensure the affordability and accessibility of vaccines to be accepted by the participants. By far, access to transportation to vaccination sites is one of the biggest challenges faced by people with disabilities and the elderly. In this vaccination, the organizer first collects data on prospective participants who will be vaccinated and their special needs, including sign language interpreters and transportation for people with disabilities and elderly people to the vaccine site and back to their home.
Vaccination with the "Drive Through" method was also applied as an effort to simplify the vaccination process so that the vaccination participants did not need to get out of the vehicle and minimize their contact with many people. Vaccination participants went through 5 posts: re-registration post and document collection, screening post, vaccination post, observation post, and post-observation report post. Vaccination pathways had been integrated with procedures that would simplify vaccine administration. For example, medical staff would approach the vehicle of the vaccination participant, be it a motorbike, car, or bus. The “door-to-door” method was also prepared as an alternative method if there were people with disabilities and the elderly who have difficulty getting to the vaccination site.
The next need was the correct and adequate information regarding vaccines. As a vaccination procedure, observation posts and information officers were prepared after participants receive the vaccine to monitor conditions and provide information related to Post Immunization Adverse Events (AEFI). Sign language interpreter was also prepared for this.
One of the main requirements in the country to get vaccine is that people need to have a NIK (Population Identification Number) which many of people with disabilities and the elderly do not have. To make it accessible for them, this event also provided access for them to be getting the NIK.
Vaccinations that pay attention to accessibility for people with disabilities, their caregivers and the elderly need to be continuously improved. This requires the support and synergy of various stakeholders. The availability of segregated information such as data on vulnerable groups of people who have not received the vaccine must be updated regularly. Procedures for registering and making NIK for people with disabilities and the elderly that take into account the special needs of vulnerable groups are urgently needed so that all citizens get equal rights to health services and no one is left behind in efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
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