On 10 July 2021, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, Indonesia organised an online seminar in collaboration with NESI to present the findings of our joint COVID-19 vaccine acceptance research studies that were conducted among University students and Lecturers as well as Healthcare workers in four different provinces of Indonesia. The Keynote speech in the seminar was delivered by Ir. Budi Gunadi Sadikin, honorable Health Minister of Indonesia. An update on the current COVID-19 vaccination programme in Indonesia was provided by Dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi, Spokesperson for COVID-19 vaccination National programme and Director for Prevention and Control of Direct Communicable Diseases, Indonesian Ministry of Health.
It was an excellent discussion session on COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination with distinguished speakers and panelists. Our findings highlighted the importance of education, awareness and trust on COVID-19 vaccine, vaccination and health systems delivering the immunisation services, and we hope that it will assist the Ministry of Health to develop evidence-based strategies to increase confidence towards COVID-19 vaccines and fight misinformation circulating around COVID-19. One of the main messages that was delivered during the seminar was “the best vaccine is the one that gets in your arm”. Over 210 participants from different universities and teaching hospitals attended the seminar.