Health minister targets vaccinating medical workforce by February

It is estimated that by the end of this month, we would have vaccinated 500 thousand health care workers, so we can achieve the target of (inoculating) 1.5 million of them through the end of February.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia has, so far, administered vaccination against COVID-19 to 490 thousand medical workers in line with the target of inoculating 1.5 million health professionals by late February of 2021, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin stated.

 

“It is estimated that by the end of this month, we would have vaccinated 500 thousand health care workers, so we can achieve the target of (inoculating) 1.5 million of them through the end of February,” Sadikin remarked during a virtual seminar on Saturday.

 

“We hope that in early March, we could already roll-out the vaccine for public service inoculation,” he noted while referring to the next batch of the vaccination program for public service workers, such as military personnel and police.

 

Following the initial schedule, by April 2021, a mass vaccination drive would be conducted, with the target of covering around 70 percent of the population, or as many as 181.5 million of the 270.2 million people — according to the 2020 census — to achieve herd immunity.

 

The minister pointed out that several vaccine producers had yet to complete their clinical tests, thereby leading to ambiguity over the immune period. To this end, Sadikin called for expediting the vaccination process.

 

Indonesia has currently secured vaccine supply from four different producers: 125 million doses from Chinese Sinovac and 50 million doses each from Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, and Novavax.

 

Source: Antara News

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