Jakarta (ANTARA) - National police chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo on Saturday dispatched 34 mobile vaccination buses to accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations, particularly in outlying communities in Jakarta's suburbs.

"These buses will later be used to provide vaccination services for people in areas that are not covered by centralized mass vaccinations. This is a form of service to reach the lower classes of the society," he said at the JCC Building here on Saturday.

The 34 mobile vaccination buses have been deployed to support achieving herd immunity to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, he added.

The dispatch of the mobile vaccination buses is the result of a collaboration between the National Defense Forces (TNI), the National Police (Polri), and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), he informed.

"Later on, the buses will target residents directly, especially in unreachable residential locations," he said.

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The police chief expressed the hope that with the rollout of the mobile vaccination buses, the target set by President Joko Widodo to achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus can be realized without delay.

Prabowo said he is optimistic that herd immunity would be achieved by involving all elements of the society to participate in the vaccination program so that Indonesia can adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is predicted to become endemic.

"By involving all parties, the target can be achieved quickly like what we expected," he remarked.

According to Prabowo, the sooner herd immunity is realized, community activities, especially in the economic sector, can return to normal.

Therefore, he expressed appreciation for the good intention of the Kadin that has helped accelerate mass vaccinations.

In addition to dispatching the mobile vaccination buses, Prabowo also reviewed mass vaccinations organized by Kadin and TNI-Polri at the JCC Building in Central Jakarta on Saturday.
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Translator: Laily Rahmwaty, Raka Adji
Editor: Suharto
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