Indonesia Seeks to Vaccinate One Million People in June: Health Minister

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  • Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin when attending a meeting with Commission IX of the Indonesian Parliament at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday, April 8, 2021. The meeting discussed the Covid-19 vaccination strategy in achieving herd immunity in Indonesia, an explanation regarding the availability of the Covid-19 vaccine for Government vaccination program, an explanation regarding the readiness to provide the Covid-19 vaccine for mutual cooperation and its regulations. TEMPO / M Taufan Rengganis

    Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin when attending a meeting with Commission IX of the Indonesian Parliament at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday, April 8, 2021. The meeting discussed the Covid-19 vaccination strategy in achieving herd immunity in Indonesia, an explanation regarding the availability of the Covid-19 vaccine for Government vaccination program, an explanation regarding the readiness to provide the Covid-19 vaccine for mutual cooperation and its regulations. TEMPO / M Taufan Rengganis

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia seeks to vaccinate one million people in June given adequate vaccine stocks, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin has said.

    "The stocks of our COVID-19 vaccine doses are adequate in May (2021),”  he told journalists at the Presidential Office in Jakarta on Monday.

    Since the government commenced its vaccination program on January 13, 2021, a total of 13,340,957 people have received the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

    At least 8,634,546 other recipients have received their second dose, according to data provided by the government's COVID-19 Task Force.

    However, the total number of vaccine recipients is still far behind the target set by the government for creating herd immunity in the country.

    "On March 26 (2021), we reached 10 million recipients and the number of recipients went up to 20 million on April 30. So, we can increase 10 million within a month," Sadikin observed.

    To boost the vaccination rate, Sadikin has been urging authorities across Indonesia to help step up the nation’s vaccination capacity.

    Indonesia has been striving to win the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic since March last year.

    To stem the transmission of the lethal virus, the government has rolled out a nationwide vaccination program since January 13 this year.

    The time-frame for conducting the vaccination has been set from January, 2021 to March, 2022.

    During the period, the government is targeting to inoculate at least 181.5 million people, comprising 1.3 million paramedics and 17.4 million public sector workers in 34 provinces.

    The Health Ministry expects the inoculation of the targeted recipients to take 15 months.

    The first phase of the government's immunization program has been segregated into two periods: January-April, 2021 and April, 2021-March, 2022.

    Even amid vaccine rollouts, Indonesia has been struggling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, which has crippled nations across the globe.

    Indonesia's public health and economy have been dealt a major blow from the coronavirus disease crisis, with some sectors, including travel and tourism, crippled by the pandemic.

    To revive the tourism sector, the Indonesian government is seeking to implement a travel bubble scheme with some countries.

    In the first stage of its implementation, the Indonesia-Singapore travel corridor will officially open travel for people between Singapore and Bintan, Riau Islands.

    Read: Indonesia Records 13 Cases of New Covid-19 Strain

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