Government targeting 2 million COVID vaccinations per day: VP

Government targeting 2 million COVID vaccinations per day: VP

Vice President Ma'ruf Amin and Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan review the implementation of face-to-face learning at senior high school (SMA) Penabur Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta on Wednesday (September 8, 2021). (ANTARA/HO-Asdep KIP Setwapres)

It is being pushed to reach more than two million, that is what is being worked on
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government is targeting to ramp up COVID-19 vaccinations to two million doses per day to achieve herd immunity, Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has said.

"It is being pushed to reach more than two million, that is what is being worked on. It has already begun, so there are increases (in the number of vaccinations administered) every day," he said at Vocational High School (SMKN) 19 in Jakarta on Wednesday.

COVID-19 vaccinations have currently increased to more than one million per day, he added.

"It has increased. It (the vaccination rate) used to be below one million, now it is above that," Amin remarked.

To expedite vaccine coverage, the government will not only rely on health workers to administer vaccinations, the VP said.

Members of the army, the police, and officers from the Population and Family Planning Agency will be involved as vaccinators to speed up the process, he informed.

Based on data from the website, as of Tuesday (September 7, 2021), Indonesia has administered an additional 1,053,235 first doses, 693,889 second doses, and 11,293 third doses.

Thus, the total number of first doses administered has reached 68,208,588, second doses 39,165,980, and third doses 726,589.

The government is targeting to administer 208,265,720 doses to establish herd immunity.

Vice President Ma'ruf Amin had earlier said the government is preparing a detailed scenario for handling COVID-19, which is expected to become endemic in the country.

According to the Vice President, the government expects COVID-19 to linger until a right and effective medicine against the virus is discovered. To end the pandemic gradually and inch towards the endemic phase, the government will continue to apply health protocols and expedite COVID-19 vaccinations, he observed.

"We will continue to impose health protocols and organize vaccination events. If people have been administered the second dose, we will consider giving a booster dose, but temporarily, only health workers are eligible," he expounded after visiting the COVID-19 Vaccination Center at the UI Salemba Jakarta Campus on Tuesday.

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