4,838,752 people receive COVID-19 vaccine until March 18

4,838,752 people receive COVID-19 vaccine  until March 18

Religious leaders queue up to take part in the mass COVID-19 vaccination at the Dharma Negara Alaya Building, Denpasar of Bali on Tuesday (3/16/2021). The Denpasar City Government has provided 1,100 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including for 500 religious and spiritual leaders. ANTARA FOTO/Nyoman Hendra Wibowo/rwa.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The COVID-19 Handling Task Force announced that 4,838,752 people received the COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia as of March 18, rising from 133,504 individuals administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Of the figure, 1,948,531 had taken the second dose of the injection, an increase of 72,391 people from the previous day, according to the Task Force’s data received here on Thursday.

The government has outlined a target to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to 40,349,051 people until June of 2021.

The step was taken to build herd immunity, so that the people are protected from the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Earlier, the Health Ministry’s data on Thursday at 12 p.m. local time indicated a daily rise in the number of COVID-19 cases of 6,570 patients, thereby bringing the total to 1,443,853 cases.

The figure is higher than the daily cure rate that also rose by 6,285 cases, thereby bringing the total to 1,272,958 patients.

Health Ministry’s spokesperson for COVID-19 vaccination Siti Nadia Tarmizi noted that the CoronaVac vaccine was administered to 1.45 million health workers and 50 thousand public service workers.

"We are currently administering this vaccine," Tarmizi revealed.

The Health Ministry is also optimistic that the 1.1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines, obtained through the Covax multilateral scheme and the World Health Organization, would be used up before their expiry date in May 2021. Related news: Over 4.7 million Indonesians vaccinated against COVID-19
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