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Indonesian president receives 1st dose of COVID vaccine

Joko Widodo undergoes blood pressure and body temperature checks before getting jab

Erric Permana   | 13.01.2021
Indonesian president receives 1st dose of COVID vaccine

JAKARTA

Indonesia’s president received his first dose Wednesday of a coronavirus vaccine developed by Chinese firm Sinovac, marking the start of COVID-19 vaccination in the country.  

Joko Widodo underwent blood pressure and body temperature checks before getting the injection from Deputy Chief Medical Officer Abdul Muthalib. 

"It doesn’t hurt at all," said Widodo after receiving the vaccine at the Merdeka Palace.​​​​​​​ 

After President Jokowi, Daeng M. Faqih, chairman of the Indonesian Medical Association, became the second person to receive the vaccine.

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