Most workers were asymptomatic and self-isolate at home, said Badai Ismayo, head of the health office in Central Java’s Kudas district, but dozens have been hospitalized with high fevers and falling oxygen-saturation levels.
Designated as a priority group, health workers were among the first to be vaccinated when vaccinations began in January.
According to the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI), almost everyone has received the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac.
The number of Indonesian health workers who have died of Covid-19 has dropped from 158 in January to 13 in May, according to data initiative group LaporCovid-19, with public health experts saying that Java hospitalizations are cause for concern.
A spokesperson for Sinovac was not immediately available for comment on the Chinese firm’s efficacy against new forms of the virus.
As Indonesia grapples with one of Asia’s worst outbreaks with more than 1.9 million infections and 53,000 deaths, its doctors and nurses have suffered a massive 946 deaths.
Many are now experiencing pandemic fatigue and taking a less cautious approach to post-vaccination health protocols, said Lenny Ekawati of Laparcovid-19.
According to LaporCovid-19, across Indonesia, at least five doctors and one nurse have died of COVID-19, although despite vaccination, one only got the first shot.
City Nadia Termizi, a senior health ministry official, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how many doctors have died since the vaccination program began.
In Kudus, a senior doctor has died, the IDI said.
Nadia said there have been no deaths in Kudus since a new outbreak began in the past several weeks among medical workers and those who have contracted Covid-19 have mild symptoms.
In Jakarta, the capital, radiologist Dr Prizo Sidipratomo told Reuters he knew at least half a dozen doctors had been hospitalized with Covid-19 in the past month, one of whom is now being treated in the ICU. Used to be.
“It is dangerous for us because we cannot rely only on vaccinations,” he urged people to exercise caution.
Weeks after the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, Indonesia has experienced a surge in cases, with positivity rates exceeding 23% on Wednesday and daily cases nearing 10,000, the highest since late February.
In its latest report, the WHO urged Indonesia to tighten its lockdown amid increased transmission and a rise in bed occupancy rates.