Over two million Indonesians vaccinated so far: task force

Jakarta With 169,489 Indonesians receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, the number of recipients has reached 2,104,967 so far, the COVID-19 Handling Task Force reported.

Based on the task force’s data, received in Jakarta on Wednesday, of the 2,104,967 vaccine recipients, around 1,076,409 have received their second dose. A total of 29,121 people received their second shots on Wednesday.

The government is currently targeting to vaccinate 40,349,051 people against COVID-19.

The first phase of vaccination, which began on January 13, 2021, targeted health workers.

The second phase of vaccination, launched on February 17, 2021, is targeting 38 million people — 21 million elderly citizens and 16 million public servants, including state officials, government officials, religious leaders, market traders, teachers and lecturers, athletes, journalists, and those working in the tourism sector.

Earlier, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin had said that around 45 million Indonesians would get the COVID-19 vaccine by June, 2021. To achieve the target, the government needs as many as 90 million vaccine doses.

Meanwhile, to achieve herd immunity, the Indonesian government is targeting to inoculate 70 percent of Indonesia’s population, or 181.5 million people.

Strengthening immunity of individuals and groups is important to provide protection from infection and bring down the transmission rate of coronavirus, Sadikin said. (INE)

Source: Antara News