Relying on a massive vaccination drive using China’s Coronavac Indonesia aims to create herd immunity and vaccinate over 180 million people. In the country skepticisms and lack of trust into the ‘Chinese’ vaccine are, however, widespread. Particularly among the Muslim population, anti-Chinese sentiments and concerns that components of the vaccine are not halal are common. In addition to concerns about vaccination take-up, a number of supply side challenges exist. Country experts are worried that corruption and possible briberies will lead to systematic exclusion of the poor and vulnerable in the vaccination drive. This project aims to examine: (i) How does religiousness affect vaccination take-up and how does information provision overcome religious concerns? (ii) What is the extent of discrimination in access to the vaccine and what is the role of corruption in this context? The project studies these questions using an information treatment experiment and an audit study.
The principal investigators of the project are Teguh Dartanto (Ph.D.) from the University of Indonesia, Renate Hartwig (Ph.D.) from the University of Göttingen/GIGA, Dr. Jan Priebe (BNITM), and Sudarno Sumarto (Ph.D.) from SMERU and TNP2K. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).