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Anyone who refuses a vaccine in the Indonesian capital risks hefty fines

Since this morning it became clear that compulsory vaccinations in residential care centers is no longer taboo, although awareness-raising is still preferred. In Indonesia, vaccine doubts have no chance: those in the capital Jakarta who refuse to be vaccinated risks a hefty fine.

The deputy governor of the city told the Reuters news agency. The fine can be up to 5 million Rupiah (about 300 euros). In some places in the country this is a small monthly wage. Refusers can also lose their benefits.

Vaccinations against COVID-19 have recently become mandatory, and the government is strict about compliance with the new rule. More than 34,000 people have died from the virus since the start of the pandemic, the country started its vaccination campaign about a month ago.

Grim sanctions

The country has stood out in the past year for some very special ways of enforcing the corona rules. Last summer, wearing a mouth mask also became a national requirement. In the province of East Java, refusers sometimes had to dig grave pits for the victims. The authorities then gave offenders a choice: either pay a fine or help out in the cemetery.

The capital Jakarta also made a name for itself at the time. There they experimented with a punishment whereby people who did not wear a mouth mask had to lie in a coffin for a few minutes.

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