Indonesia is fighting one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Asia. On January 13, 2021, the country started one of the world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination drives. The plan is to inoculate 181.5 million people – two third of the population – in 15 months using primarily the CoronaVac from China’s Sinovac Biotech. The vaccination campaign is ambitious and its success hinges on a number of supply and demand side factors which are subject to investigation in this project.
We aim to look at two aspects in particular:
1) On the demand-side, we aim to study in particular the role of religion for vaccine uptake.
2) On the supply-side, we aim to study discrimination in access to health care and vaccination.
We aim at providing rigorous evidence on the role of religious beliefs for access to and demand of health services in the context of Indonesia. Beyond our scientific contribution, the findings are also of high policy relevance, not only in Indonesia but also for countries with substantial Muslim population shares and countries where discrimination in the access to health services is still endemic.
This study combines a standarized patient design with extensive survey evidence.