Indonesia: Hundreds of healthcare workers contract COVID-19 despite being vaccinated with Sinovac, with dozens hospitalised…


But barely 5 weeks ago, Indonesian Health Minister praised the Sinovac vaccine to the sky…

Indonesia Health Minister: Sinovac vaccine highly effective in wiping out Covid-19 among healthcare workers in Indonesia…


Hundreds of Indonesian healthcare workers contract COVID-19 despite vaccination, dozens hospitalised

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 16:30 GMT+7

More than 350 Indonesian doctors and healthcare workers have contracted COVID-19 despite being vaccinated with Sinovac and dozens have been hospitalised, officials said, as concerns rise about the efficacy of some vaccines against more virulent virus variants.

Most were asymptomatic and self-isolating at home, said Badai Ismoyo, head of the Kudus district health office in Central Java, but dozens were in hospital with high fevers and declining oxygen saturation levels.

Kudus is battling an outbreak believed to be driven by the more transmissible Delta variant which has pushed bed occupancy rates above 90% in the district.

Designated as a priority group, Indonesian healthcare workers were among the first to be vaccinated when the inoculation drive started in January.

Almost all have received the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac, according to the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI).

While the number of Indonesian healthcare workers dying from COVID-19 has decreased significantly – dropping from 158 deaths this January to 13 this May, according to data initiative group LaporCOVID-19 – public health experts say the Java hospitalisations are cause for concern.

“The data shows they have the Delta variant [in Kudus] so it is no surprise that the breakthrough infection is higher than before because as we know the majority of healthcare workers in Indonesia got Sinovac, and we still don’t know yet how effective it is in the real world against the Delta variant,” said Dicky Budiman, an epidemiologist from Australia’s Griffith University.

A spokesperson from Sinovac and Indonesia’s ministry of health were not immediately available for comment on the efficacy of Sinovac’s CoronaVac against newer coronavirus variants.

Grappling with one of the worst outbreaks in Asia, with more than 1.9 million cases and 53,000 deaths, there has been a heavy toll on Indonesia’s doctors and nurses with 946 deaths.

Many are now experiencing pandemic fatigue and taking an increasingly laissez-faire approach to health protocols after being vaccinated, said Lenny Ekawati, from LaporCOVID-19.

“That phenomenon happens quite often these days, not only within the community but also healthcare workers,” she said, “They think because they are vaccinated that they are safe.”

But as more cases of the highly transmissible Delta variant are identified in the world’s fourth most populous nation, the data is starting to tell a different story.

Across Indonesia, at least five doctors and one nurse have died from COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, according to the data initiative group, although one had only received their first shot.

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4 Responses to Indonesia: Hundreds of healthcare workers contract COVID-19 despite being vaccinated with Sinovac, with dozens hospitalised…

  1. E Lye says:

    Does any Covid vaccine manufacturer claim to prevent you from being infected by Sars-Cov-2?
    Does any Covid vaccine manufacturer claim to heal you from Covid?
    Does any Covid vaccine manufacturer claim to stop you from transmitting Sars-Cov-2?
    I think the answer to all 3 is No.
    If the Royals have indeed taken this from their Arabian friends …

    • weehingthong says:

      No guarantee of 100% but every manufacturer claims an efficacy rate. 90%, 60% or whatever. They do expect that some vaccinated people might get it.

      Vaccination protects you from getting seriously ill and dying from COVID-19. For the first fourteen days after getting a vaccination, you do not have significant levels of protection, then it increases gradually. For a single dose vaccine, immunity will generally occur two weeks after vaccination. For two-dose vaccines, both doses are needed to achieve the highest level of immunity possible.

      While a COVID-19 vaccine will protect you from serious illness and death, we are still learning about the extent to which it keeps you from being infected and passing the virus on to others (transmission). The data that is emerging from countries is showing that the vaccines that are currently in use are protecting against severe disease and hospitalization. However, no vaccine is 100% effective and breakthrough infections are regrettable, but to be expected.

      The current evidence shows that vaccines provide some protection from infection and transmission, but that protection is less than that for serious illness and death. We are still learning also about the variants of concern and whether the vaccines are as protective against these strains as the non-variant virus.{adgroupsurvey}&gclid=Cj0KCQjw5auGBhDEARIsAFyNm9FJV57oCTcuLi9kGNkodNA3pwsLNZFhsPCrGMyvJq79eKDZI_tInSsaAl8gEALw_wcB

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  3. KH Cheu says:

    What is often quoted vaccine efficacy rate is not really relevant in real world setting in comparison to absolute risk reduction (ARR)- that is how many percent of infection protection offered to the vaccinated persons vs unvaccinated persons. Don’t be surprised to learn that ARR for Pfizer is 0.7% and for Moderna is 1.1%, which is respectively 0.7% and 1.1% more protection vs. unvaccinated persons!
    Refer to Dr. Ron Brown explanation here ( | ) about his paper ( ) that explains the difference between these 2 numbers.

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