Schools across Indonesia will reopen in July if health officials can achieve their goal of vaccinating 5 million educators in the next five months, President Joko Widodo said.
Jokowi, who inspected a teacher vaccination drive at a high school in South Jakarta this morning, said that in the second phase of the mass vaccination campaign, which targets those who are deemed more vulnerable to coronavirus and more likely to communicate with the general public, teachers would be given priority.
“And the target for July is that, by then, 5 million teachers and education workers will have completed [their vaccinations]. This is so that in July, by the time the new academic year starts, everything will be normal once more,” Jokowi said today.
The president added that educators in Jakarta are currently being vaccinated by the government, with other regions expected to follow shortly.
At the start of the pandemic, schools in Indonesia were closed, with students having the luxury of having access to the internet using online learning.
In January 2021, the government will allow schools to reopen and perform face-to-face learning, as it considered that online learning was less than ideal. But the plan was scrapped as Indonesia reported alarming spikes at the turn of the year in new COVID-19 cases.