Garuda Indonesia Now Offers Covid-19 Vaccinations at Its Main Hub

Passengers flying with the airline from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport can be jabbed before check-in.

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Starting today, Indonesia’s flag carrier will be providing free Covid-19 vaccinations for customers departing from Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Travelers aged 18 and above holding tickets for a Garuda Indonesia flight leaving the same day can register at the airline’s customer service center in Terminal 3 (at domestic departures) to be inoculated with Sinovac’s CoronaVac jab.

Garuda says vaccine registration needs to be done before check-in; participants must arrive at least two hours before their scheduled flight departure time and bring along an original copy of their KTP. Those who plan on getting their second dose of CoronaVac at the airport must carry a certificate of the first dose and make sure the previous dose was taken at least 28 days beforehand. Passengers will be asked to fill out a form, before going through a health screening process by Garuda Indonesia’s in-house medical team. This free vaccination service will be offered every day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On Instagram, Garuda explained that the measure was rolled out “to support Indonesia in accelerating the vaccination program so that it can suppress the spread of Covid-19.” As Southeast Asia’s biggest country goes through its most devastating surge of the pandemic so far, President Joko Widodo has set an ambitious target of vaccinating 1 million people per day in July and 2 million per day come August. The health ministry hopes to have 70 percent of Indonesia’s population, or more than 181 million residents, protected with a first dose by the end of the year.

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