Over 4.02 million Indonesians administered COVID-19 vaccine jabs

Jakarta A total of 34,528 Indonesians received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday, taking the total tally to 4,020,124 since the vaccination campaign was rolled out on January 13.

Of the 4,020,124 people, some 1,460,222 have received their second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, up 5,386 as compared to the day before, according to data from the COVID-19 Response Task Force made available on Sunday.

Currently, the government has targeted to vaccinate 40,349,051 people.

The first phase of vaccination program, commencing on January 13, 2021, has targeted healthcare workers.

Meanwhile, the second phase of the vaccination program that began on February 17, 2021, will cover 30 million people comprising 21 senior citizens and 16 million public service officers, including state officials, government employees, religious figures, traders, teachers, lecturers, athletes, journalists, and tourism operators.

Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin is optimistic that some 1.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine would be administered daily to the public in the second semester of 2021 to achieve the target of the vaccination program in the country.

"Nearly 75 percent of the vaccine will be ready starting from July. If 181.5 million doses (of vaccine) are offered for 365 days, then one million people can be administered everyday if the quantity of vaccine is the same for each day. Much of the vaccine will be available in the second semester of 2021," he remarked.

The central government has outlined a target of inoculating 181,554,465 people, or 70 percent of the total population of Indonesia, to achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus.

Source: Antara News

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