244 Cities/Regencies Eligible for Booster Rollout

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta -  The Indonesian government plans to rollout boosters to the public starting January 12, one week from today. The government will provide boosters to regencies/cities where 70 percent of the population have received the first dose, and 60 percent for the second dose.

    So far, 244 regencies/cities that have met that requirement.

    Referring to the Health Ministry's data, those areas include all municipalities in Jakarta and buffer cities such as Bekasi and Depok.

    There are also several areas in West Java and Central Java, including Bandung City, Semarang City, Surakarta City, and Klaten Regency.

    The vaccine boosters will be given to people age 18 and above who had received their second jabs at least six months prior.

    So far, there are some 21 million Indonesians who had received full doses.

    The third dose of vaccine will start without waiting for elderly vaccine rollouts to be completed, considering the rate of elderly vaccination in some areas is still low. Meanwhile, the Omicron variant is already spreading.

    "Yes [we are not waiting for the elderly], for those over 18 years," the Health Ministry's spokesperson for Covid-19 vaccination, Siti Nadia Tarmidzi, said on January 5.

    Read: Full Vaccination Coverage Reaches 114.5 Million: Covid-19 Task Force

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