COVID-19: Over 2.4 million Indonesians vaccinated so far

COVID-19: Over 2.4 million Indonesians vaccinated so far

Indonesian badminton athlete Muhammad Rian Ardianto prepares for COVID-19 vaccination at Gelora Bung Karno stadium, Jakarta on Friday (Feb 26, 2021). ANTARA/HO-PBSI

Jakarta (ANTARA) - A total of 2,449,451 Indonesians have been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Friday afternoon, as part of the first and second phases of the vaccination program, according to the Task Force for COVID-19 Handling.

The number of people vaccinated under the first phase of the program increased by 121,661 to reach 1,583,581 on Friday. Meanwhile, inoculations under the second phase of the program rose by 12,125 to touch 865,870.

The two phases are targeting healthcare workers and public service officers.

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

The government has set a target of inoculating 181,554,465 people, or 70 percent of the total population of Indonesia, with the aim of building herd immunity against the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Indonesia on Friday added 8,232 coronavirus infections, 7,261 recoveries, and 268 deaths over a single day, the Task Force for COVID-19 Handling reported.

With this, the total tally of cases in the country rose to 1,322,855, while total recoveries reached 1,128,672, and the death toll climbed to 35,786. The first COVID-19 infections emerged in the country in March, 2020.

In the 24 hours ending at 12 p.m. WIB (Western Indonesian Time) on Friday, a total of 63,827 specimens from 39,766 people were tested in 670 laboratories across the country, bringing the cumulative number of examined specimens to 10,708,262 from 7,141,629 people.

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