COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Reaches 65.25 Percent in Medan

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  • Health workers inject COVID-19 vaccines to residents at the BUMN Joint Vaccination Center at Soewondo Air Base, Medan City, North Sumatra, Saturday, June 26, 2021. The mass vaccination program with BUMN is expected to increase the acceleration of COVID-19 vaccination in North Sumatra Province, by target of 5,000 people per day. (ANTARA FOTO/Fransisco Carolio)

    Health workers inject COVID-19 vaccines to residents at the BUMN Joint Vaccination Center at Soewondo Air Base, Medan City, North Sumatra, Saturday, June 26, 2021. The mass vaccination program with BUMN is expected to increase the acceleration of COVID-19 vaccination in North Sumatra Province, by target of 5,000 people per day. (ANTARA FOTO/Fransisco Carolio)

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - COVID-19 vaccination coverage in Medan city, North Sumatra, has currently reached 62.25 percent, stated Medan Mayor Bobby Afif Nasution.

    "The target vaccine recipients in Medan city is more than 1.9 million people; 65.25 percent of the targeted recipients have been vaccinated," the mayor informed while monitoring a mass vaccination program held by the Communication Forum of Indonesian Veterans' Children (FKPPI) of North Sumatra at the TPI Polonia Class I Immigration Office on Saturday.

    Nasution said he believes that the number of targeted Medan residents eligible to receive the vaccine will increase since the Ministry of Health is currently reviewing the possibility of administering COVID-19 vaccines to children under 12 years.

    "We are still waiting for the plan to vaccinate children aged under 12 years old; the limit is up to children aged five years. There has been a discourse (regarding the plan). We will continue to follow it up with the Ministry of Health," he affirmed.

    The Medan city government is currently boosting vaccinations so that community immunity or herd immunity can be reached quickly in the city to aid nationwide efforts to contain the pandemic.

    "Today, one thousand doses of Pfizer vaccine were administered during the vaccination held by the FKPPI," the mayor informed.

    Medan residents are being administered Sinovac and Pfizer vaccines, he said.

    "In Medan, there are already two vaccine brands, Sinovac and Pfizer, which are being provided to the community. For health workers, there is also Moderna" he informed.

    In a bid to boost immunity against COVID-19, the Indonesian government launched a nationwide vaccination program on January 13, 2021. President Joko Widodo was the first recipient of the program.

    According to the Health Ministry's data, as of October 23, 2021, nearly 112,271,928 citizens have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, while 67,165,732 have been fully vaccinated against the virus.

    Read: Covid-19 Update Per October 23: 802 New Cases, 23 Deaths

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