Some 116.62 million Indonesians received first COVID-19 vaccine dose

Some 116.62 million Indonesians received first COVID-19 vaccine dose

Data on COVID-19 and vaccinations provided by the COVID-19 Task Force. (ANTARA/HO-Satgas COVID-19)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Some 116.62 million Indonesians have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Thursday, according to data provided by the COVID-19 Handling Task Force.

According to the task force's latest data, the number of people administered the first dose rose by 1,117,757 to reach 116,620,281 on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the number of people, who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or those who had received the second dose of vaccination rose by 986,251. With that addition, 71,099,868 people were fully vaccinated in total as of Thursday.

As per data, the number of the third dose or 'booster' vaccine recipients, mainly health workers, rose by 2,899 to touch 1,110,323, it stated.

The Indonesian government has targeted to inoculate 208,265,720 citizens in a bid to achieve herd immunity.

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Currently, the government is accelerating COVID-19 vaccination among adolescents aged 12 to 17 years to support the implementation of face-to-face learning.

"We must accelerate the vaccination of adolescents because it is essential to provide protection and a sense of security during the implementation of limited face-to-face learning. It is hoped that parents and schools would actively participate in encouraging vaccination for their children who are over 12 years of age," Minister of Communications and Informatics, Johnny G. Plate, remarked.

As of October 27, only some 14.5 percent of the targeted adolescent population had received the first dose of vaccination. Meanwhile, the number of people, who have been fully vaccinated against the virus, reached 11.7 percent of the total target.

To boost immunity against COVID-19, the Indonesian government launched a nationwide vaccination program on January 13, 2021. President Joko Widodo was the first vaccine recipient under the program.

The central government is aiming to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the Indonesian population by December 2021. 
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