COVID-19 vaccination kicks off in Bali’s ‘green zones’

File photo of a health worker preparing to inject the COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia. Photo: Ministry of Health
File photo of a health worker preparing to inject the COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia. Photo: Ministry of Health

The mass vaccination program targeting over 170,000 people in Ubud, Nusa Dua, and Sanur begins today in Bali, as officials start preparing for the province’s potential reopening to foreign tourism by the middle of this year. 

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“Establishing these three green zones is a smart move in the effort to open Bali’s tourism. By providing vaccines, supported with implementation of strict health protocols and discipline, then green zones in these three areas will be a reality,” Dewa Made Indra, regional secretary of the Bali administration, said in a statement. 

Indonesian officials are proposing a “travel corridor arrangement” with several countries, which are deemed successful in containing the spread of the coronavirus, have high vaccination rates, and could offer reciprocal benefits, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno previously said — giving examples of countries like the Netherlands, China, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Singapore.

Nothing appears to be final just yet, but the designation of the first three green zones in Bali and the kick-off of the vaccination program in these areas today at least show that the proposed plan is in motion.

As of March 21, Bali has reported a total of 38,133 coronavirus cases. 

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