TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The government has reached the target of one million COVID-19 vaccine jabs per day faster than its vaccination target on July, as on Saturday (June 26) alone it had administered 1.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
"It's a good news. Yesterday, Indonesia had administered 1.3 million (COVID-19) vaccines in a day. Thanks to the Indonesian Military/Police, local governments, and state and private enterprises, for their help," Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said in a statement on Sunday.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has set a target of conducting a daily vaccination rate to one million doses starting in early July.
Sadikin said the target could be reached with the support and help of various parties, including the military and police that held simultaneous vaccination drives by providing one million doses across the country.
"Vaccination is a key to curb the virus transmission hence it would lower the spike in COVID-19 cases, and help us survive the pandemic. One of the government's strategies is seeking efforts to secure vaccine supplies, and speed up vaccination program to protect people," he said.
As of June 26, he said, more than 27 million people had received their first shots while at least 13 million people had got their second doses of vaccines.
The Health Ministry has continued to increase the pace of vaccination in cooperation with all elements in the society at large.
The ministry has issued a circular that instructed all heath facilities across the country to give the vaccine jabs to all people regardless of their domicile as stipulated in their ID cards.
The government, he said, would secure the availability of vaccine stocks through multilateral as well as bilateral schemes to maintain the high pace of vaccination at one million doses per day.
"I call on all Indonesian people to take this opportunity because only with vaccination and strict implementation of health protocols, we can survive the pandemic," Sadikin said.