Navy vaccinates 400,000 coastal residents throughout Indonesia

Navy vaccinates 400,000 coastal residents throughout Indonesia

Naval Chief of Staff Admiral Yudo Margono while observing vaccination in Batam, Riau Islands, Thursday. (ANTARA/ Naim/RA)

Batam, Riau Islands (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Navy has vaccinated 400,000 coastal residents throughout the country, to support the government's efforts to achieve herd immunity. "We have vaccinated 400,000 people since June 23, 2021," said Naval Chief of Staff Admiral Yudo Margono while observing people being vaccinated on Thursday.

The vaccination campaign launched by the Indonesian Navy targets residents living in remote areas, ports, fishing villages, fishing ports and outer islands, he added.

The Navy aims to vaccinate as many people as possible, as long as vaccines are still available, he further added, noting that is has the required vaccinators, facilities and infrastructure, but has a limited supply of vaccines.

During a vaccination outreach in the fishing village of Tanjungriau, Batam, Admiral Margono confirmed that his party collaborated with the National Defense Forces (TNI), the Indonesian Police (Polri), the local Health Office, and several students.

He then stressed that vaccinations are key to enhancing the immunity of citizens and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

During the outreach, a member of the Indonesian House of Representatives Commission I, Sturman Panjaitan, lauded the vaccination campaign launched by the Indonesian Navy around the country, which has helped the government's efforts to reduce COVID-19 transmission among citizens.

"It is important for everyone to contribute, so we can achieve herd immunity," he stressed.

In a bid to reduce COVID-19 transmission and build herd immunity, the Indonesian Government has managed a nationwide vaccination program since January 13, 2021.As of August 5, 2021, the Health Ministry reported 48,856,419 people have received their first vaccine dose, while 22,283,984 are fully vaccinated.
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