According to the World Health Organization (WHO), global cases of Covid-19 continue to decrease, mainly due to the progress of vaccination efforts around the world. WHO is working closely with the Indonesian Government to monitor the situation and prevent further spread of disease in Indonesia, with intensive rapid testing training currently underway in Sulawesi.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Republic of Indonesia has taken actions to enhance response efforts for COVID-19 in Indonesia, referring to WHO interim guidance on the novel coronavirus. This includes the tightening of border controls with Malaysia, following a recent surge in cases there.
On Monday, 31st May, Indonesia received another 8 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from Sinovac Biotech Ltd, taking the total number up to 91.9 million doses. WHO has approved China’s Sinovac Covid vaccine for emergency use, stating that it has been shown to prevent symptomatic disease in 51% of those vaccinated and prevents severe symptoms and hospitalisation in 100% of samples.
Mass vaccinations are continuing at pace throughout Indonesia. To help extend their reach, Prudential Indonesia has created the Pulse application, making it easier for the public to access information about Covid-19, check their health and enrol in the free Covid-19 vaccination programme offered by the Ministry of Health.
The government began its Covid-19 vaccination programme on 13th January 2021. It is split into four phases, with healthcare workers receiving the first batch of vaccines, followed by public servants and then other members of the public. The government aims to inoculate a total of 181,554,465 people by early 2022.
As of 3rd June 2021, a total of 17,042,850 people have received their first vaccinations (276,587 more than the day before), while 10,984,900 more have received their second vaccination (131,916 more than the previous day). Vaccination efforts have been centred on key tourism locations, to achieve immunity in these destinations ahead of a tourism sector revival.
Bali is expected to reopen to international arrivals in July. Returning travellers will be subject to swab tests before and after they fly, while apps downloaded to their phones will allow health officials to perform contact tracing and testing if needed. Bali will be joined by Batam and Bintan in the first phase of reopening next month. A special purpose 60-day visa will be made available for entry to bubble zones.
A budget of Rp73 trillion (US$5.1 billion) has been allocated for procuring and distributing 329.5 million doses from various Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers, including Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Novavax, Merah Putih and Pfizer Strategy. In addition, the government expects to receive more than 20 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from United States pharmaceutical firm Moderna and Chinese firm Sinopharm this year, for use in private vaccination programmes, rolled out separately to complement the government drive.
These private campaigns are now proceeding at pace, as companies take the initiative and inoculate their staff. At Panorama Destination, around 90% of employees have already received the first dose, with more to follow.
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Panorama Destination Indonesia has continued to operate throughout the pandemic, working alongside government officials in our branch offices in Medan, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bali and Labuan Bajo. We are working closely with local government, international experts and colleagues in the tourism sector to ensure the health and safety of travellers.
We have partnered with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) as part of the ‘Safe Travels’ campaign. Approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these protocols provide a standardised service and protective measures across multiple sectors, including hospitality, attractions, outdoor retail, aviation, airports, cruises, convention centres and MICE. Panorama Destination has also participated in and completed the CHSE inspection process, and has been awarded ‘Excellence’ status by MOTCE, having successfully fulfilled 91% of the indicators in the CHSE programme.
Our Bali office been certified by the Bali Regional Government, in response to its implementation of safety protocols in preparation for the New Normal. This rigorous certification will also help guide our compliance with cleanliness, health and safety, and environmental issues.
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