AP II airports ready 3,500 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day

AP II airports ready 3,500 COVID-19 vaccine doses per day

Illustration - Officers prepare to give the COVID-19 vaccination card and result of PCR test to would-be passengers at the Sukarno Hatta Airport on Monday (July 5, 2021) (ANTARA FOTO/Fauzan/wsj).

Jakarta (ANTARA) - At least 16 airports managed by state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) II have made available 3,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for passengers per day.

Any would-be passenger is obligated to produce a vaccination card and negative result of the polymerase chain rapid (PCR) test before boarding the plane, AP II President Director Muhammad Awaluddin noted in a written statement issued on Monday

“AP II and stakeholders are committed to ensuring that the air transportation sector will continue to contribute to maintaining air connectivity in Indonesia and support the public’s urgent travel requirements and COVID-19 handling,” he remarked.

The 16 airports comprise the Soekarno-Hatta, Halim Perdanakusuma, Husein Sastranegara, Banyuwangi, Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin, HAS Hanandjoeddin, Fatmawati Soekarno, Sultan Thaha, Sultan Iskandar Muda, Sultan Syarif Kasim II - Kuanalamu, Radin Inten II, Depati Amir, Minangkabau, Supadio, and Raja Haji Fisabilillah.

Based on Transportation Minister’s Circular No. 45 of 2021, anybody willing to fly to and from Java and Bali during the emergency public activity restriction (emergency PPKM) from July 3 to 20 must show a COVID-19 vaccination card and negative result of PCR test at least in the past 24 hours.

To help passengers comply with the rules, airports, under the management of AP II, operate vaccination centers.  

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“AP II fully supports emergency PPKM for Java and Bali on July 3-20, 2021, as a collective effort to handle COVID-19. In addition, AP II is coordinating with all shareholders in operating vaccination centers at airports for would-be passengers,” he noted.

The Indonesian government is targeting to vaccinate 181.5 million citizens, or 70 percent of the country's population, to create herd immunity against the virus.

The COVID-19 Response Task Force reported that a total of 13,979,564 people were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the number of people receiving their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine reached 32,063,745.

Indonesia added 29,745 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking the total count to 2,313,829, the COVID-19 Response Task Force reported.

With 14,416 people recovering from COVID-19 in a single day, the total number of recoveries since the first infections were reported in the country in March 2020 reached 1,942,690.

With 558 people succumbing to the infection, the COVID-19 death toll rose to 61,140.

The number of active cases, or patients receiving treatment and conducting self-isolation, reached 309,999. Meanwhile, the number of suspected cases stood at 79,808.

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