To protect children, Jakarta steps up vaccination of adults

To protect children, Jakarta steps up vaccination of adults

Archive photo — A health officer administers a COVID-19 shot to a resident at Manggarai station, Jakarta on July 13, 2021. (ANTARA/Dewa Ketut Sudiarta Wiguna/rst)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Jakarta administration has ramped up vaccinations of adults to protect children aged under 12 who cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 yet and vulnerable people, such as those with comorbid diseases, an official has said.

"Vaccination is not only self-protection, but it is also a mutual cooperation effort to protect those who have not been vaccinated due to age or health problems," head of the disease control and prevention division of the Jakarta Health Service, Dwi Oktavia, said during a seminar at Adhyaksa Hospital here on Friday.

The more people get vaccinated, the quicker herd immunity will be formed, which will help reduce the rate of COVID-19 transmission among children aged below 12 and other vulnerable groups of people, she added.

Currently, there are around 2.3 million residents holding Jakarta identity cards who have not been recorded as vaccine recipients, Oktavia informed.

Therefore, she said, her office is currently carrying out supervision in coordination with the Jakarta Government Bureau to record vaccination coverage in urban villages.

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Based on data from, vaccination coverage at the urban village level is already above 60 percent at present, but the realization needs to be increased to above 80 percent, she said.

In addition, collaboration is also being carried out with institutions and organizations to accelerate vaccinations through the opening of vaccination centers, rolling out of vaccination cars, and use of public places such as bus terminals, train stations, places of worship, and schools for vaccinations, among others, she informed.

Vaccination registration has also been made easier through the online service on the Jakarta Kini (JaKi) application, Oktavia said.

Meanwhile, the vaccination process is still on, with 10.3 million people receiving the first dose compared to the target of 8.94 million, she noted.

Sixty-four percent of the recipients are residents with Jakarta identity cards and 36 percent are non-Jakarta identity cardholders, she said.

Meanwhile, the second vaccine dose has been provided to 7.51 million people, or 84 percent of the target, with 66 percent of the recipients holding Jakarta identity cards and 34 percent holding non-Jakarta identity cards, she added.

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