UNS — Amid the currently encouraged vaccination program, parts of the community are still afraid of participating in the program due to their limited knowledge and trust in the hoaxes. Considering this condition, Group C6 of Thematic Student Community Service Program (KKN Thematic) Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta decided that educating the community on the vaccination programs is essential.
The KKN group from the Faculty of Medical Science (FK) UNS created an educational video on the testimonies from people after receiving vaccines with FK UNS and TNI AD. The video was uploaded to @vaksinasifkuns official Instagram account and has been viewed more than 2,800 times until this release.
Supervised by Sigit Setyawan, dr., M.Sc., the group members that consist of Dhea Fitria Rachma, Enrico Ananda Budiono, Farah Fatimah Azzahra, Inas Nuha Mumtaza, Meutia Nurrahma, Octaviana Rizka Fadila, Rendy Bayu Pratama, Tabita Desna Shadiar Hawa, Yanuareza Totti Adyanata, and Yohanna Handika Putri K. D, stated that the Group interviewed more than 30 participants who received two dosages of the vaccine. Representing her team, Yohanna added that most of the interviewees are students, and some are from the local community.
Besides an educational purpose, this interview also serves as a post-vaccination case (KIPI) screening to anticipate serious cases post-vaccination. The interviewees stated that they do not experience serious KIPI so far. “We hope that the community is no longer scared and worried about getting Covid-19 vaccine and help to handle the pandemic,” Yohanna said on Sunday (5/9/2021). She also added that a positive campaign on vaccination is needed not only from institutions or groups but also from the individual. “People who got vaccinated could provide a positive testimonial on their post-vaccination experience. Testimonial can be provided directly to people who had not been vaccinated or online in the social media,” Yohanna added.
Muhammad Mumtaz Hafiyyan Amin (22) from the Faculty of Cultural Studies (FIB) mentioned that Covid-19 vaccination is vital for increasing their immune system. “It is important to increase our immune system from Covid-19 infection. Moreover, there is a new variant in Indonesia; thus, our immune needs a booster,” he said.
Rizky Intan Cahyani (19) supported Muhammad Mumtaz’s statement that she is enthusiastic about participating in the vaccination to reach herd immunity. “From what I read, to reach herd immunity, we need at least 70% of people vaccinated. That’s why I am enthusiastic,” she said.
Harwanda Kusuma (20) and Raihan Kamal Muhammad (19) shared their anxiety before receiving the jab in the interview. Both were worried about issues of the side effects caused by the vaccination, but it turned out they did not feel any significant impact after vaccination and said that vaccines are safe and not dangerous. In the video, the interviewees also shared their appreciation for the vaccination program held by FK UNS and invited more community members to get vaccinated once they received an opportunity. Humas UNS
Reporter: Kaffa Hidayati
Editor: Dwi Hastuti