Over 7.39 million Indonesians administered COVID-19 vaccine

Indonesia has administered COVID-19 jabs to 7,394,421 people, including healthcare workers, public service officers, and senior citizens, as of Monday (March 29, 2021), according to the COVID-19 Response Task Force.

The number of vaccine recipients who were administered their first dose increased by 151,219 on Monday compared to the day before, according to data from the task force received in Jakarta.

Meanwhile, 3,313,494 of the total 7,394,421 vaccine recipients obtained their second vaccine shot as of Monday, up 67,039 compared to the previous day.

With the additional people vaccinated against the virus, 18.32 percent of the targeted 40,349,051 people vaccinated in the first and second phases have received their first shots of the vaccine. Only 8.21 percent of them have received their second vaccine shot.

The Health Ministry is making an effort to ensure COVID-19 vaccine supplies for the immunization program this year, following AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine producer in India putting an embargo on its vaccines.

“Indonesia will only have seven million doses of the Sinovac vaccine in April (2021). I originally supposed that we would receive 7.5 million doses of the vaccine from AstraZeneca,” Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said while addressing the Charta Politika Indonesia forum.

He said the delivery of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Indonesia, which was originally scheduled for March and April this year, has been suspended after its producer in India embargoed it.

The central government is aiming to inoculate 181,554,465 people, or 70 percent of the total Indonesian population, to build herd immunity against the coronavirus.

To achieve the target, the government is making efforts to increase the capacity of vaccination services.


Source: Antara News

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