Qinthara Fasya | 7 June 2021
Jakarta, 7 June 2021 – Citi Indonesia kicks off the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program for employees through the Indonesian government’s Mutual Cooperation (Gotong Royong) Vaccine Program. Conducted by PT Kimia Farma Tbk, the first phase of vaccination takes place at Pac 10, SCBD, South Jakarta. Citi Indonesia expresses its appreciation towards the Indonesian government for enabling the private sector to take part in the Gotong Royong vaccination program, and thus helping to protect their respective employees from the COVID-19 pandemic. True to its name, the program allows those associated to hand in hand support economic recovery in Indonesia.
”We would like to thank the Indonesian government for giving business players the opportunity to take part in the Gotong Royong vaccination program. This is crucial in helping to ensure the safety and confidence of our employees to continue to work. Furthermore, we would also like to thank Kimia Farma for their support and the implementation of the vaccination,” said CEO Citi Indonesia Batara Sianturi.
The Gotong Royong program is initiated by the Indonesian government and is and supported by various parties, including PT Bio Farma (Persero) and its subsidiary, Kimia Farma.
Citi Indonesia will vaccinate its employees with the Sinopharm vaccine, which is used in the early stages of the Gotong Royong Vaccine Program. WHO has approved the emergency use of the Sinopharm vaccine based on a clinical review and manufacturing data since April 26, 2021. In Indonesia, Sinopharm has also been declared safe for use and has received an emergency use permit from both the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).
Citi Indonesia employees are still required to strictly adhere to a series of health protocols, including social distancing and wearing masks. Citi also applies government regulation that limits office activities. As of today, more than 75% of Citi Indonesia employees are working from home. Later, when all employees have received the vaccination, Citi Indonesia will continue to implement the health protocols that have been established so far until receiving further directions from the government.
Meanwhile, Kimia Farma President Director Verdi Budidarmo reiterated the company’s support in the implementation of the Gotong Royong program by Citi Indonesia. Protection towards employees in the banking sector from the COVID-19 virus is essential in helping to safeguard public trust toward financial transactions. Through this, efforts to accelerate economic recovery will sustain.
“Kimia Farma is delighted to support the vaccination of Citi Indonesia employees. Through this effort, Citi Indonesia will be able to continue to serve the public with greater peace of mind, and their customers will be able to transact with more confidence. All of this will play a role in helping the Indonesian government’s effort to accelerate economic recovery,” said Verdi.
Kimia Farma appointed its sub-subsidiary company PT Kimia Farma Diagnostika (KFD) to implement the vaccination of Citi Indonesia employees. Since the start of the Gotong Royong program on May 18, 2021, KFD has provided vaccination to national and multinational corporations in various sectors, ranging from manufacturing, media, oil and gas, and banking.
PT Kimia Farma Diagnostika Interim President Director Agus Chandra explained that KFD continues to improve itself in providing various medical services, from medical check-ups, rapid tests, swab PCR, and vaccination. Furthermore, Agus noted that KFC always aims to provide the best and most professional medical service.
“We fully support the Gotong Royong vaccination program by Citi Indonesia. In addition to carrying out its duty as appointed by the Indonesian Ministry of Health, and the standard operational procedure (SOP), all KFD staff always strive for continuous self-improvement,” said Agus.
Despite the many requests from business players to participate in the Gotong Royong program, Agus assured that KFD will continue to give its best and most professional service. The same commitment is also applied by all KFD health facilities, which includes 422 clinics, among them, 359 COVID-19 vaccination clinics and 73 laboratories, across the country.