700 vaccine doses secured for West Papua's Teluk Wondama teachers

700 vaccine doses secured for West Papua's Teluk Wondama teachers

A teacher in Teluk Wondama District, West Papua, received his first shot on April 1, 2021 (Foto Antara Papua Barat / Ernes Broning Kakisina)

Manokwari, W Papua (ANTARA) - The Teluk Wondama district administration in West Papua Province has secured 700 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for elementary and junior and senior high school teachers.

The teachers are part of the frontline workers that the government has prioritized for inoculation, the district's health office head, Habel Pandelaki, stated here on Thursday.

The teaching staff have received their first shot since March 29 to prevent them from contracting the coronavirus disease or transmitting the respiratory infections.

Military and police personnel, civil servants, merchants, and public transport drivers, among others, are also categorized as frontline public service workers.

However, due to limited stocks of vaccine doses, traditional market traders, public transport drivers, and also journalists had yet to be inoculated, Pandelaki revealed.

Those administered the COVID-19 vaccine are health workers, he stated.

Some 621 paramedics in the district had got vaccinated in the early phase of the government's vaccination program, he noted.

Indonesia has been striving to win the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic since the government officially announced the country's first cases on March 2, 2020.

The government has rolled out a nationwide vaccination program since January 13 this year to stem the spread of the disease.

The Health Ministry estimates a time period of 15 months to vaccinate some 181.5 million people under the national program.

"We need 15 months to accomplish it. The time frame for conducting the vaccination is counted from January 2021 to March 2022," the Health Ministry's spokesperson for the vaccination program, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, stated recently.

During the period, the government is targeting to inoculate some 181.5 million people, including 1.3 million paramedics and 17.4 million public sector workers in 34 provinces, she informed.

Tarmizi noted that the first phase of the government's immunization program is divided into two periods: January-April, 2021 and April 2021-March 2022.

Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has affirmed that all TNI personnel will participate in this vaccination program.

Indonesia's COVID-19 infection rate crossed one million cases on January 26, 2021.

The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease has dragged Indonesia into serious public health and economic crises.
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