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Grab Indonesia opens new vax center in Banten Province

Jean Cabico - March 15, 2021

Banten, Indonesia – In a bid to further reiterate its commitment to vaccination efforts in the country, Grab in Indonesia will be opening a new vaccination center in Banten Province, following the success of the Grab vaccine center in Bali, Indonesia. 

The ride-hailing app has partnered again with health tech company Good Doctor and the Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia to launch the vaccine center in Banten Province. The collaboration aims to leverage technology to provide comfort for vaccine recipients, especially the elderly and public workers in the transportation sector. The center will deliver a 3-in-1 approach: offering a choice of vaccination methods, namely drive-thru for cars, drive-thru for motorbikes, and walk-in.

The Banten Province Grab Vaccine Center will operate with the support of the local government health office at the ICE BSD Exhibition Hall 10, targeting to vaccinate 5,000 elderly and public workers in the transportation sector which consist of mass transport drivers and Grab driver and delivery partners. The first batch has already been administered on 13 to 14 March 2021 with the second batch slated on 10 to 11 April 2021.

The pre-registration, scheduling, and data management process for vaccination will utilize the digital infrastructure and technology of GrabHealth powered by Good Doctor in partnership with the government to ensure efficient vaccination implementation.

The Ministry of Health will provide the vaccines and will be available for those who meet the requirements of the National Vaccination Program Phase 2. The elderly residents in Banten Province who are interested in being vaccinated at the Grab Vaccine Center must register by filling out the online form available at GrabHealth.

Vaccine recipients will be screened first to ensure that they meet the criteria. The vaccination will be carried out by doctors and nurses from the Banten Provincial Health Office, and observation. After the vaccination, they will get a vaccine certificate issued by the BPJS (Social Security Administering Body) before leaving the center.

According to Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Minister of Health of the Republic of Indonesia, ten percent of Indonesia’s population are elderly and more than 50 percent of the people who died from COVID-19 are over 60 years old. He said that the priority is to protect those who are vulnerable to being exposed to the virus. 

“We appreciate Grab and Good Doctor for their ongoing commitment to support the National Vaccination Program through the Grab Vaccine Center. The vaccine center with the 3-in-1 approach pioneered by Grab and Good Doctor offers the convenience and efficiency of a safe and fast vaccination system,” added Sadikin.

Ridzki Kramadibrata, president of Grab Indonesia, said that once the vaccine is available, the next challenge is to vaccinate a large population in a short time, saying that a variety of mass vaccination methods can be used to ensure wider access to all segments of society. 

“The combination of Drive-Thru and Walk-In vaccination services offers a faster vaccination process and shorter waiting times to support the national agenda for mass vaccination for COVID-19. Hand in hand with a strong spirit of mutual cooperation in fighting COVID-19 will hasten the end of this pandemic,” said Kramadibrata.

Danu Wicaksana, managing director of Good Doctor Technology Indonesia, also commented, “We at Good Doctor are always ready to partner with the government in the success of the national vaccination program in various cities according to the direction of the Ministry of Health. In particular, we also provide an online participant registration process as well as a pre-screening feature for elderly people in the Grab application and the Good Doctor application; so as to reduce crowds and minimize canceled or postponed cases at the vaccination site.”