Indonesia to inoculate 21.5 million of elderly population by June

Indonesia to inoculate 21.5 million of elderly population by June

Deputy health minister Dante Saksono attends a coordination meeting on national disaster management on Tuesday (March 9, 2021). (ANTARA/screenshot/Zubi Mahrofi/sh)

We are targeting (to vaccinate) 21.5 million senior citizens and 16.5 million public service workers before June.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government is targeting to get 21.5 million senior citizens vaccinated against COVID-19 by June this year, deputy health minister Dante Saksono said here on Tuesday.

"The enthusiasm to take part in vaccination for the elderly is high. We are targeting (to vaccinate) 21.5 million senior citizens and 16.5 million public service workers before June," Saksono said during a coordination meeting on national disaster management.

He said he is optimistic the vaccination target would be achieved as more vaccines have arrived and the government has continued to add more vaccine recipients.

"We are targeting to give 200 thousand injections per day, and we will increase it to 500 thousand per day," he informed.

The government has prioritized vaccinations in seven big provinces with COVID-19 red zones in their capital.

Meanwhile, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, said the government is aiming to complete the vaccination program by 2021 end.

"The target is, by the end of this year, 182 million people can get the vaccine," he said, adding that it excludes inoculation of citizens under 19 years. (INE)

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