1.3 million Indonesians get COVID-19 vaccine shots

1.3 million Indonesians get COVID-19 vaccine shots

Illustration - A healthcare worker gets vaccinated against COVID-19 in Lampung. (ANTARA/Ruth Intan Sozometa Kanafi)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - A total of 1,363,138 Indonesians have been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Wednesday, with 825,650 people receiving their second vaccine dose, too, according to the Health Ministry.

The number of people receiving the COVID-19 vaccine rose by 93,233 on Wednesday compared to the day before. Meanwhile, the number of people receiving their second dose increased by 35,684, as per ministry data.

The 1,363,138 Indonesians mainly comprised healthcare workers, who have been prioritized under the first phase of the vaccination program, and public service officers, who are being vaccinated under the second phase of the program.

A total of 1,468,764 healthcare workers across Indonesia are expected to get vaccinated in the first phase of the vaccination program.

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The government has set a target of inoculating 181,554,464 people, or 70 percent of the total population of Indonesia, with the aim of building herd immunity against the coronavirus.

It launched the second phase of the vaccination program on February 17, 2021, with the inoculation of traders in the textile market Tanah Abang in Jakarta.

The next targeted group under the vaccination program are public service officers, including police and military personnel, and journalists.

The government is planning a mass vaccination program for journalists and media workers at the Basket Hall of the Bung Karno Sport Stadium in Jakarta on February 25, 26, and 27 this year. (INE)

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