President urges public to not refuse vaccination

President urges public to not refuse vaccination

President Joko Widodo at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Wednesday. (ANTARA/HO-Presidential Secretariat Press Bureau)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo has urged Indonesians to get vaccinated as soon as they have the opportunity to do so and asked them not to refuse vaccination.

"This is for all of our safety. Vaccination is the best available option at the moment," Widodo said from the Bogor Presidential Palace on Wednesday.

He reiterated that only when everyone works in the same direction can Indonesia overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Indonesian government is targeting to vaccinate one million people per day in July this year as it strives to achieve herd immunity in the country.

In the meantime, Widodo has appealed to the people to strictly adhere to health protocols and not leave their homes for non-essential matters.

"Everyone needs to play their role, everyone needs to contribute, without that unity, we will not be able to stem the spread of COVID-19," he said.

In addition, he has asked provincial, district, and city leaders to strengthen their commitment and enforce the micro-scale public activity restrictions (PPKM Mikro) more strictly.

Based on data from the COVID-19 Task Force, Indonesia added 13,668 infections as of June 22, 2021, bringing the total tally to 2,018,113 cases. Meanwhile, the number of recoveries increased by 8,375 to reach 1,810,136 and fatalities rose by 335 to touch 55,291.

Meanwhile, the number of Indonesians who have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose increased by 524,111 to reach 23,789,884, while the number of fully vaccinated people climbed by 194,531 to 12,514,917 as of 12 p.m. on June 22, 2021. (INE)
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