First-dose vaccination coverage rate decisive in PPKM level downgrade

First-dose vaccination coverage rate decisive in PPKM level downgrade

Indonesian Ministry of Health's spokesperson for vaccination, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, during a press conference monitored online, Wednesday (September 22, 2021). (ANTARA/ Zubi Mahrofi)

Since last week, the rate of first-dose vaccination coverage (in general) and first-dose vaccination coverage (specifically) for older adults were included in the criteria to determine the PPKM level
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Health Ministry's spokesperson for vaccination, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, highlighted that the first-dose vaccination coverage rate was one of the criteria to determine the level of public activity restrictions (PPKM).

"Since last week, the rate of first-dose vaccination coverage (in general) and first-dose vaccination coverage (specifically) for older adults were included in the criteria to determine the PPKM level," Tarmizi noted at a press conference monitored online here, Wednesday.

The spokesperson expounded that the prerequisites for downgrading the PPKM status from level 3 to level 2 were the first-dose vaccination coverage reaching at least 50 percent of the general population and at least 40 percent of the total older adult populace.


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Meanwhile, Tarmizi remarked that in order to downgrade the PPKM status in an area from level 2 to level 1, the first dose vaccination coverage must have had reached 70 percent of the population and 60 percent of the older adults should have been administered at least the first dose of the vaccine.

The spokesperson informed that vaccination coverage in Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi had not achieved the 50-percent figure. Hence, the PPKM status in all areas in Jabodetabek (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi) cannot be downgraded to level 2 yet.



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On the occasion, Tarmizi also revealed that the nation had recorded a 40-percent decline in the number of weekly cases and a 48-percent drop in the number of deaths this week as compared to the previous week.

The spokesperson noted that the government will strive to maintain the national weekly COVID-19 testing rate.

"Currently, it has surpassed the WHO standard of testing one person per 1,000 population per week, which is a comprehensive surveillance parameter," she noted. 
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