Indonesia Pushing Vaccine Rollouts in Level 4 PPKM Areas

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  • A train passenger takes a Covid-19 vaccination at Pasar Senen Station, Jakarta, Sunday, July 4, 2021. During the Emergency PPKM period, the vaccine card is one of the requirements that must be met for long-distance train travelers. TEMPO/Muhammad Hidayat

    A train passenger takes a Covid-19 vaccination at Pasar Senen Station, Jakarta, Sunday, July 4, 2021. During the Emergency PPKM period, the vaccine card is one of the requirements that must be met for long-distance train travelers. TEMPO/Muhammad Hidayat

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian government is fast-tracking Covid-19 vaccine rollouts, especially in areas where the first dose inoculation rate is below 50 percent. Communications and Informatics Minister, Johnny G. Plate, said that transparency of the vaccination status data in the provinces was the trigger for the acceleration.

    "[The goal] is to lower the level of Community Activity Restrictions (PPKM) in related areas," Johnny said in a written statement, Wednesday, September 22.

    Since September 10, Indonesia has been rolling out vaccines at a rate of 10 million doses per week. As of Tuesday, September 21, 2021, Johnny said, 127.1 million Indonesians have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

    Earlier this week, President Jokowi Widodo ordered the Health Minister, the TNI Commander, and the National Police chief to speed up vaccinations. Jokowi said that during the PPKM extension until October 4, there are still 10 districts/cities outside Java and Bali with level 4 statuses.

    The 10 cities/regencies are Aceh Tamiang, Pidie, Bangka Belitung, Padang, Banjar Baru, Banjarmasin, Balikpapan, Kutai Kartanegara, Tarakan, and Bulungan. Some of these areas also have a low rate of inoculation, with less than 50% shot with the first dose.

    Read: Indonesia Pursues Narrowing Gap in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

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