Authorities in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta have threatened to impose fines of up to 5 million rupees ($356.89) on residents who refuse to receive vaccines against the emerging coronavirus, and Jakarta’s deputy governor, Ahmed Reza Patria, said that the city authorities only follow the rules and that such penalties were the last resort. In Jakarta, which counts about a quarter of the number of Coronavirus cases in the country.
He added, in his interview with reporters today, Thursday: “If it is rejected (the vaccine), there are two things, social assistance will not be granted, in addition to imposing a fine.”
“The sanctions are our last effort to encourage people to participate in the vaccination,” said City Health Ministry official Nadia Tarmizi.
And the Indonesian authorities announced earlier this month a presidential order stipulating that anyone who refuses vaccinations can be denied social assistance or government services or be forced to pay a fine, and the latest statistics indicate that 1252,685 infections and 33,969 deaths from the virus have been recorded across the country.