South Tangerang, – Recently, Covid-19 cases in Indonesia surged steeply due to the spread of sub-variant XBB within the country. Minister of Health predicted the peak of the rise would occur in January and February, after two major celebration days, Christmas and New Year. Thus, to mitigate the peak, people were required to take the Covid-19 vaccine and booster to build immunity.

“The government’s aware of it. One thing the government asks all citizens is to be vaccinated as soon as possible. As we know that the unvaccinated will be the most susceptible to the infection,” stressed Vice President K.H. Ma’ruf Amin in his press statement after performing Friday Prayer in At-Taqwa Mosque, Jalan Pala 4 RT 001/001 Pondok Cabe Udik, South Tangerang City, Friday (11/11/2022).

Afterward, the Vice President invited citizens to have the booster vaccine in addition to the basic ones. Because the vaccines could build not only individual but also communal immunity.

“Those who had the basic vaccine are required to have the booster one. Even now there is an idea to add more booster so that there might be a second booster,” stated the Vice President.

Regarding the Christmas and New Year Celebration, the Vice President advised the people to celebrate the days in a disciplined way, and stick to the health protocol.

“We got massive mobility of people in every Ied Fitri, Ied Al Adha, Christmas, New Year,” the Vice President elaborated.

“People need to be aware, don’t be negligent. Please be aware that the threat [of Covid-19] still exists,” he pointed out.

Closing his statements, the Vice President explained that the government was about to evaluate the PPKM policy and its level in every region. If the evaluation resulted in the need for adjustment, then the government would do steps for adjustment.

“We still have level 1 in most regions. It means we are still cautious. Besides, it is very likely that we will reevaluate it whenever the cases rise,” said the Vice President.

“We’ll evaluate to see whether certain conditions shall apply,” he ended. (DMA/LHS, BPMI Setwapres)