Jakarta (ANTARA) - Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno on Monday visited the vaccination center at Terminal 3 (T3) of the Soekarno Hatta (Soetta) International Airport, which was set up to support the national vaccination program.

"I appreciate the collaboration between state-owned airport operator AP (Angkasa Pura) II, Traveloka, and the Health Ministry. To achieve herd immunity, we need to collaborate," he said in a written statement received here on Monday.

Furthermore, he said that the nation's vaccination program aims to reach two million vaccinations per day, as announced by President Joko Widodo.

He lauded the establishment of a vaccine center at the airport, saying it was a good innovation for helping tourists and citizens get vaccinated easily.

Currently, the government is preparing to integrate the PeduliLindung application with vaccination data from all regions, he noted.

In the future, he said, the mobility of residents, such as to restaurants, tourist attractions, and public places, will depend on their vaccination status. They will be asked to show a vaccine certificate in such places, he added.

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"The vaccine center at this airport needs to be appreciated because not many airports abroad offer vaccination centers," he remarked.

The minister said that the acceleration of vaccinations in the country has continued to improve. Stocks of medicines, vaccine doses, and oxygen have also continued to increase, he added.

Therefore, with more vaccination centers established, it is hoped that the country will achieve community immunity, and the economy will recover in order to create more employment opportunities, Uno said.

In a bid to reduce COVID-19 transmission and build herd immunity, the Indonesian government launched a nationwide vaccination program on January 13, 2021.

According to data provided by the Health Ministry, as of August 9, 2021, 51,396,079 Indonesians have received the first dose of vaccine and 24,888,506 citizens have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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