"The police chief and military commander laud the implementation of the drive-through vaccination program in Medan," National Police Chief spokesman Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono noted in a press statement that ANTARA quoted here on Thursday.
Police Chief Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo and Military Commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto witnessed the implementation of the drive-through vaccination program in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra Province, on Wednesday (April 7).
"Other cities can take a cue from Medan's initiated drive-through vaccination program," Yuwono remarked, adding that local residents had demonstrated a high level of enthusiasm to partake in the program, including the app-based motorcycle taxi ojek drivers.
During their official visit to the city, the police chief and military commander were accompanied by Medan Mayor Bobby Nasution.
Before paying a visit to Medan, they had also observed the implementation of COVID-19 vaccination programs in provinces, such as Bali, Central Java, Riau Islands, and East Java, he remarked.
In connection with the drive-through vaccination program, the Medan city government had confirmed earlier to have secured 60 thousand doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for senior citizens and their companions.
"As of Wednesday, some one thousand elderly people were inoculated," Medan Mayor Bobby Nasution stated at the opening ceremony of the city's drive-through vaccination program for elderly residents on Wednesday.
The city's ex-Polonia Airport area is being used as a drive-through vaccination site where senior citizens and their companions can get inoculated, he remarked.
Three thousand elderly people have, until now, been registered on the Halodoc application for the drive-through vaccination program, according to Nasution.
Halodoc and the Medan city administration shared the view that the level of enthusiasm among the city's residents to get vaccinated was high, the Medan mayor noted.
Indonesia has been striving to win the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic since March last year.
To stem the spread of the disease, the government has rolled out a nationwide vaccination program since January 13 this year.
As of Wednesday, April 7, 2021, the Indonesian government had recorded 4,482,930 people to have received their second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The second-dose recipients comprise health workers and frontline public service workers. The government also announced that 9,132,545 people had obtained their first shots.
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