North Lombok, West Nusa Tengga (ANTARA) - The North Lombok Police, West Nusa Tenggara province, has opened vaccination booths in three sub-districts to facilitate COVID-19 vaccination for residents.

"We opened these Merdeka vaccination booths to assist the government in expediting the achievement of the national vaccination target," North Lombok Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Feri Jaya Satriansyah stated in North Lombok on Monday.

Satriansyah noted that the Merdeka vaccination at all outlets was conducted for two days, on September 6-7, 2021. Four vaccine outlets would be opened on the first day, Monday (Sept 6), specifically the Bayyinul Ulum Islamic Boarding School, Santong Village, Kayangan Sub-district, and Vihara Loka, Dharma Dusun Sempek, Tegal Maja Village, Tanjung Sub-district.

Meanwhile, on the second day, on Tuesday, Sept 7, it would take place at the Al-Ma'arif Darussalam Islamic Boarding School, Montong Pal Hamlet, Rempek Village, Gangga Sub-district, and Giri Ratana Puja Temple, Panasan Daya Hamlet, Tegal Maja Village, Tanjung Sub-district.

Satriansyah said his side was targeting to administer as many as 1,800 COVID-19 vaccines under the Merdeka Vaccination Program, for which 180 vials of the Sinovac vaccine doses had been prepared. Vaccines will be distributed evenly at four vaccination booths, reaching 450 doses per booth.

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He confirmed that the vaccinator team comprised members of the national defense force, North Lombok Police Force, and North Lombok Health Office.

Satriansyah expects the Merdeka Vaccination Program to run smoothly and increase the interest of people, who have not received the vaccine.

Efforts to vaccinate the residents of North Lombok aligns with the agenda laid out by the central government.

President Joko Widodo is currently pushing for vaccinating 70 percent of the Indonesian population by the end of 2021. In doing so, he has instructed ministries and agencies to extend assistance in the progress.

Meanwhile, an expert at the Center for Indonesian Policy Study (CIPS), Andree Surianta, has projected that the state can vaccinate 2.7 million people per day in the event of more vaccine stocks arriving from overseas into Indonesia.

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