“We expect to be able to vaccinate 70 million citizens by this August or no later than September,” Jokowi remarked during his visit to the Gotong Royong Vaccination Program conducted at the PT Unilever Indonesia complexes, Bekasi District, West Java, on Tuesday.
Widodo was optimistic of the epidemic curve flattening during the August-September period and normalcy being restored in industrial productivity.
Procurement of the COVID-19 vaccines was no easy task on account of 215 countries worldwide grappling to secure supplies, he pointed out.
Jokowi expressed gratitude over the government being able to obtain the vaccine supply for the first phase of the Gotong Royong Vaccination Program to cover all workers in the business and industrial sectors.
The first phase of the Gotong Royong Vaccination Program was implemented in 18 companies that provide free vaccine services to all their workers and managers.
The government has planned to vaccinate 181.5 million citizens in pursuit of achieving herd immunity against COVID-19.
In the first and second phase of vaccination, the government has set the target of covering 40,349,049 citizens, including human resources in the health sector, senior citizens, and public service workers.
According to the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, a total of 9,066,982 citizens have received two vaccine shots or completed taking the vaccine doses, and as many as 13,803,055 citizens have been administered the first vaccine shot.
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