Over 13.47 million Indonesians vaccinated against COVID-19

Over 13.47 million Indonesians vaccinated against COVID-19

A healthcare worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a senior citizen at State Junior High School (SMPN141) in Pela Mampang, South Jakarta on March 24, 2021. (ANTARA/HO-Sudin Kominfotik Jaksel/am)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - A total of 13,475,807 Indonesians have been administered the COVID-19 vaccine as of 12 p.m. Western Indonesia Time (WIB) on Monday, according to the Task Force for COVID-19 Handling.

As many as 134,130 people received their first vaccine dose in a single day on Monday, while the tally of fully vaccinated recipients (who have received both the doses) reached 8,755,256, including 120,170 people who got their second vaccine jab in the last 24 hours.

The COVID-19 Task Force has recorded an increase in people administered the coronavirus vaccine everyday.

The task force is targeting to inoculate 40,349,049 Indonesian citizens as part of efforts to achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus.

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The government has set a target of vaccinating 1 million people against COVID-19 per day in June, 2021 on account of adequate vaccine stocks.

Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the vaccine stocks are sufficient in May (2021). Hence, the government will accelerate the pace of the vaccination program in June thanks to the sufficient vaccine capacity, he added.

The minister said earlier that Indonesia has received additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Sinovac and AstraZeneca.

Indonesia has received 3.8 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX facility, coordinated under the GAVI scheme, on April 26, 2021. In May, 2021, it is expecting to receive another 2 x 3.8 million doses of the vaccine, Sadikin informed.

With the arrival of the additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to Indonesia, the government is planning to again accelerate the pace of the mass vaccination program, the minister said. It had earlier reduced the intensity of vaccinations to maintain the availability of vaccine stocks in the country. 

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