Denpasar expands vaccination coverage to build herd immunity

Denpasar expands vaccination coverage to build herd immunity

A resident gets a COVID-19 shot. (ANTARA/HO-Humas Pemkot Denpasar)

Denpasar (ANTARA) - The Denpasar city government, Bali said it has expanded vaccination coverage down to the level of villages to accelerate the achievement of community immunity against COVID-19.

"The Denpasar city government is pushing for the second stage of COVID-19 vaccination to accelerate (the creation of) group immunity, so it is expected that the pandemic will end quickly," head of Dangin Puri Denpasar village, I Made Sada, said during a mass vaccination program hosted in Denpasar on Thursday.

He said that the second stage of vaccination was aimed at people in his area, aged 18 years and above, who had received the first vaccine dose.

"The vaccines have been given twice. (First) on August 31, 2021, we prepared 250 doses of the vaccine and vaccinated 184 people. Later, on September 2, 2021, we prepared 250 doses of the vaccine. There were some people who could not be vaccinated because they did not pass the screening as they had a history of certain diseases and hypertension," he elaborated.

Sada informed that the AstraZeneca vaccine was used for the program. "For our residents who (did not get a chance to be) vaccinated this time, there is still an opportunity to participate in another vaccination on September 8-9 2021, followed by another on September 29, 2021 until October 4, 2021," he announced.

He said he expected the mass vaccination programs to cover all people in the region, so the risk of exposure to COVID-19 could be reduced.

President Joko Widodo is also targeting to vaccinate 70 percent of Indonesians by the end of 2021.

According to Andree Surianta, an expert from the Center for Indonesian Policy Study (CIPS), the state could vaccinate 2.7 million people per day should more vaccine stocks from overseas arrive in Indonesia.

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