As many as 800 JakLingko drivers from the North Jakarta Kalpika Wahana Cooperative (KWK) seemed enthusiastic about participating in the Covid-19 vaccination, which was held at Saung H Ramli, Jalan Access Marunda, RT 02/06 Semper Timur Urban Village, Cilincing, North Jakarta, on Tuesday (6/22).
This is one of the efforts. If it's really useful, don't be afraid to get vaccinated, it's for the common good too
North Jakarta JakLingko KWK Chairperson, Ramli Muhammad said those drivers were from 303 units of JakLingko KWK that spread over North Jakarta.
"One unit consists of two drivers. In total, there are 606 people, 194 others are back-up drivers," he expressed.
According to him, it is an effort to improve public transportation services for the community.
"Not a bit of our drivers exposed to Covid-19. Even last night there was a driver who had registered but turned out to be exposed to Covid-19, so he couldn't be vaccinated. We want they have a vaccination certificate in running their duties in the field," he said.
After it was done, similar action would also be conducted for driver families and regular drivers who have not joined the JakLingko program yet.
"Vaccination is self-protection from within. If you are protecting yourself from the outside, wear a mask, wash your hands, and maintain social distancing (3M). All of this must be done for each of our drivers to protect themselves from coronavirus," he explained.
Ike Kusuma Wardhani, one of the health workers at the Cilincing Sub-district Puskesmas in charge of this vaccination admitted that her party had deployed 24 health workers (three teams) and provided a total of 900 doses of vaccination.
"Cilincing Sub-district Puskesmas has sent medical workers on duty at the screening table and vaccination table. We also provide the vaccinations," she explained.
North Jakarta Transportation Sub-agency Head, Harlem Simanjuntak appreciated it. It could increase the antibodies of JakLingko drivers thus they could improve their service to the public.
"Thank you for supporting us in the vaccination services, it is in accordance with the government program that we must be vaccinated. The body's immune system is getting higher thus it may anticipate exposure to Covid-19 for drivers and passengers," he expressed.
One of drivers, Ahmad Ruslan admitted that the vaccine did not have a bad impact on the body but could increase antibodies against Covid-19 thus he could run public transportation services better in the future.
"This is one of the efforts. If it's really useful, don't be afraid to get vaccinated, it's for the common good too," he stated.