A woman receives a Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccine programme organised by state-owned enterprises in Jakarta on March 14, 2021. (AFP / Adek Berry)

Misleading social media posts circulate claiming a Covid-19 vaccination centre in Jakarta is open to all

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A claim circulating on Facebook says that a Covid-19 vaccination centre in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta is open to everyone with an Indonesian ID card. The claim is false: the programme is only open for the elderly and employees of state-run companies who are registered as Jakarta residents. 

The claim was posted on Facebook here on March 11, 2021.

The claim’s lengthy caption talks about a Covid-19 vaccination centre set up at Istora Gelora Bung Karno, a major sports stadium in Jakarta, and says that the programme is jointly run by “Indonesia’s State-Owned Enterprises Ministry, Health Ministry, the Jakarta provincial government and the Indonesia Healthcare Corporation”.

The post adds that the centre is available for “all holders of Indonesian ID cards” including “those who are not registered as Jakarta residents”. 

Screenshot of the misleading post, taken on March 15, 2021

The post circulated as Indonesia continues its Covid-19 vaccination campaign, which began in January 2021 and aims to inoculate nearly 182 million people in the next 15 months, as AFP reported here.

The claim was also shared on Facebook here, here, here, here and here.

The claim, however, is false.

The Indonesian State-Owned Enterprises Ministry posted a series of tweets on March 10, 2021, debunking what it called “false information.”

The statement translates as: “We regret the act by some parties that spread false information (hoax) in regards to the mechanism of the vaccination at the Covid-19 Vaccination Centre at Istora Senayan. A claim has circulated saying that the vaccination at Istora is open for anybody, not only for elderly people.

“The claim even further says that anybody can be vaccinated by showing their ID cards only.

“The vaccination centre, run by state-owned enterprises and the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry, is for public officials and elderly people who are registered as Jakarta citizens. So, it is not for the general public.” 

An Instagram story posted by the vaccination centre here on March 10, 2021, also says that their vaccination programme only caters to the elderly and employees of state-owned entreprises who have Jakarta ID cards.

A March 10, 2021, report published by Indonesia’s state news agency Antara quoted Arya Sinulingga, the ministry’s special staff member, as saying that the vaccination centre organised by the ministry and the state-owned enterprises “is for public workers and the elderly who are registered as Jakarta residents”.