Indonesia to widen COVID-19 vaccination scope

Indonesia to widen COVID-19 vaccination scope

A screen capture of spokesperson for the Indonesian COVID-19 Handling Task Force, Wiku Adisasmito, addressing a press conference in Jakarta on February 23, 2021. (ANTARA/Prisca Triferna)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government is seeking to expand the scope of its COVID-19 vaccination program to ensure ease of access to the vaccine, especially for senior citizens, the COVID-19 Handling Task Force spokesperson said.

“At the moment, vaccination spots for senior citizens are located in a number of major cities and districts. The government will continue to widen the scope in order to ensure that senior citizens can have access to vaccination in reachable areas,” Wiku Adisasmito said during a press conference originating from Jakarta on Thursday.

The Health Ministry and health facilities will continue to improve vaccination queue systems to ease access to the vaccine for the elderly and prevent crowding at vaccination spots, he elaborated.

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The government has begun the second phase of vaccinations for public service workers as well as senior citizens.

The first phase of the vaccination program prioritized medical workers.  

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