President optimistic of Jakarta attaining herd immunity in August

President optimistic of  Jakarta attaining herd immunity in August

Screenshot - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) observes implementation of COVID-19 vaccination for the general public, elderly groups, public servants, employees, and the disabled at the Patriot Candrabhaga Stadium, Bekasi City, West Java, on Monday (6/14/2021). (YouTube of the Presidential Secretariat)

Based on calculations, God willing, I think everything will go smoothly
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo is upbeat about the capital city of Jakarta achieving herd immunity against COVID-19 in August 2021.

The president made the statement while observing mass vaccinations at the Pluit Reservoir in Jakarta, as witnessed on the YouTube channel of the Presidential Secretariat here on Monday.

"We expect DKI Jakarta to achieve herd immunity in August and to inhibit and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in this area," the president.

In order to realize herd immunity in the capital, the president expects to achieve the target of 100 thousand doses of vaccination on a daily basis in DKI Jakarta, starting next week.

"Starting next week, we expect DKI Jakarta to reach the daily vaccination target of 100 thousand. Yes, as many as 100 thousand per day," the president stressed.

To this end, President Joko Widodo spoke with Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin and DKI Governor Anies Baswedan on handling the implementation, preparation, and availability of vaccine quantities.

"Based on calculations, God willing, I think everything will go smoothly," the president affirmed.

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Earlier, Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan attributed a recent sharp increase in coronavirus infections in the capital to the Eid al-Fitr holidays that had led to a new wave of COVID-19 cases.

"A new spike (in COVID-19 cases) has been felt recently, but it occurred not only in Jakarta but also in the rest of Indonesia," the governor noted here on Sunday night.

Baswedan highlighted the importance of the public, government, and law enforcement officers upholding discipline in following health protocols.

"The public cannot work alone and neither can law enforcement agencies nor the government. All elements must work together," he emphasized.
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