539,532 healthcare workers given COVID shots so far

539,532 healthcare workers given COVID shots so far

Indonesian healthcare workers get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on February 1, 2021. (FOTO/Abriawan Abhe/foc)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia has so far vaccinated 539,532 healthcare workers against COVID-19 in 92 districts and cities across 34 provinces.

A total of 57,387 workers were administered the vaccine on Monday. Of the total, 35,406 received their second vaccine dose, the Health Ministry informed in a statement issued here on Monday.

The government has prioritized 1,531,072 healthcare workers for the current stage of the vaccination program, which kicked off on January 13, 2021.

Of the total workers, 1,501,491 have re-registered for the vaccination process.

The government is targeting to inoculate 181,554,465 Indonesians, or around 70 percent of the total population, to build herd immunity against the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The next group that will be targeted in the second stage of the vaccination program will be military and police officers, workers employed in public places who meet many people, as well as the elderly.

The second phase of the program will extend from February, 2021 to April, 2021.

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that around 13.7 million to 23.1 million doses of free vaccines made by AstraZeneca will arrive in Indonesia in the first quarter of 2021.

The free vaccines will be received through the COVAX Facility, co-led by the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

While the estimated 13.7 million to 23.1 million doses will be delivered in the initial stage, Indonesia will have the option of obtaining up to a maximum of 108 million doses from the international institution through the diplomatic route. (INE)

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