01 July 2021

What you need to know before, during and after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine

Millions of people around the world have now been safely vaccinated against COVID-19, bringing us all one step closer to getting back to doing more of the things we enjoy with the people we love. For many the COVID-19 vaccines couldn’t come fast enough, but others understandably have questions about the vaccination process and what to expect when…, Before you go, Do your research. There’s a lot of misinformation about vaccines online, so it’s important to always get your information from trustworthy sources like UNICEF and WHO. If you have any questions about whether you should receive a COVID-19 vaccine, speak to your doctor. At present, people with the following health conditions should not receive a…, During the appointment, Stay safe. Make sure to follow safety precautions at the vaccination facility such as physical distancing while waiting and wearing a mask. Communicate. Let the health care professional know if you have any medical conditions that could be considered precautions, such as pregnancy or a compromised immune system. Keep your records. You should…, After you’ve been vaccinated, Stay for monitoring. The health care provider should observe you for about 15 minutes after the vaccine is administered to make sure you don’t have any immediate reactions. However, it is extremely rare for severe health reactions. Be prepared for some side effects. Vaccines are designed to give you immunity without the dangers of getting the…
08 March 2021

Ensuring fair and equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccines

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended countless lives around the world. In Indonesia, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has exceeded one million with over 30,000 deaths, the most in Southeast Asia.   While children have been largely spared from the worst health impacts of the virus, they will bear its consequences for years. The pandemic has…, How is UNICEF supporting the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Indonesia?, Indonesia has launched one of the world’s largest immunization campaigns with the aim of vaccinating 181.5 million people – two-thirds of its population – within 15 months. Introducing the vaccines across the world’s largest archipelago will pose enormous challenges to fragile health systems that have been further weakened by the pandemic.   As…, COVAX Facility, Workers unload a UNICEF shipment Workers unload a UNICEF shipment of ventilators and bedside monitors at the Ministry of Health warehouse in Central Jakarta, Indonesia, on 7 September 2020. The Government of Indonesia has ordered COVID-19 vaccines from several companies as well as through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility, a…, Strategy support, Arie Rukmantara speaks at a COVID-19 response training session Arie Rukmantara, UNICEF Chief of Field Office, speaks at a COVID-19 response training session for volunteers at the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) office in Bali, Indonesia, on 15 December 2020. Distributing the COVID-19 vaccines from Jakarta to more than 10,000 health…, Cold chain capacity building, A health worker checks vials of vaccines A health worker checks vials of vaccines in a cold chain storage unit donated by UNICEF to the Lapai Health Centre in West Sumatra. Vaccines must be kept in a limited temperature range from the time they are manufactured until the moment of vaccination. Temperatures that are too high or too low can cause…, Risk communication and community engagement, Ramadhana a volunteer with Muhammadiyah Ramadhana (left, in yellow shirt), a volunteer with Muhammadiyah, provides information to residents about the importance of wearing masks, washing hands and physical distancing to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in Bekasi, West Java. While child immunization is widely accepted in Indonesia, vaccine…, Data and analytics, Reana, a health worker, inputs data collected online Reana, a health worker, inputs data collected online from health cadres at the Tegalrejo Health Community Center in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. As Indonesia rolls out its COVID-19 vaccination programme, it plans to prioritize front-line workers, public servants, the elderly and the sick – groups that…