Statement by UNICEF Representative Debora Comini on the safety and protection of health workers during COVID-19
“Healthcare providers who work on the front line to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic deserve nothing but support and encouragement. They should always be able to carry out their work safely and without fear of threats, harassment or intimidation.
“Over the past year, thousands of health workers have worked tirelessly to provide vaccines and health services to communities across Indonesia, including among the most underserved and at-risk populations.
“Any verbal or physical act of violence, obstruction or threat that interferes with the availability, access and delivery of vaccines is reprehensible and should be condemned.
“It is the responsibility of all of us – authorities, religious leaders and community members – to protect vaccinators who are putting themselves on the line to protect us and save lives.
“Their selfless effort is nothing short of remarkable.”
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