TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia received another 21.2 million doses of Sinovac bulk vaccine at Soekarno Hatta International Airport on Tuesday afternoon.
"This afternoon, we witnessed the arrival of 21.2 million doses of Sinovac bulk vaccine," said Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, on Tuesday.
The government will continue with vaccine procurement through various channels to ensure the availability of vaccines to help the nation meet its vaccination target quickly, he added.
He emphasized that the government always ensures the safety, quality, and efficacy for all types of vaccines it obtains.
Vaccines are being administered in Indonesia after an evaluation by the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) and at the recommendation of the Indonesia and Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ITAGI), the WHO, and experts, the minister said.
"People don't need to worry when they receive the vaccine," he added.
He said President Joko Widodo has called COVID-19 vaccinations a game-changer that would determine Indonesia's success in being free from the pandemic. To achieve herd immunity, the government needs to vaccinate around 208 million Indonesians.
The target has increased after the government added children aged 12 to 17 years, Hartarto explained. So far, 718,000 children in the 12-17 age group have received the first vaccine dose, he informed. "The sooner the better," he remarked.