Semarang (ANTARA) - Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has issued a warning to seven districts with vaccination rates below 50 percent and given them a one-week deadline to ramp up immunization.

"There are five areas with the lowest vaccination rate for dose one, namely Banjarnegara, Tegal, Purbalingga, Pemalang, and Wonosobo. While areas with vaccination rates less than 50 percent are Jepara and Batang. This week they should be at 50 percent," Pranowo informed on Monday.

The seven regions are Banjarnegara District, which has recorded a vaccination rate of 40.54 percent, Tegal District (44.09 percent), Purbalingga District (44.56 percent), Pemalang District (46.79 percent), Wonosobo District (47.20 percent), Jepara District (47.21 percent), and Batang District (48.84 percent).

Pranowo directed all regions in Central Java to meet the vaccination target, saying the central government has already delivered sufficient stocks of COVID-19 vaccines for the purpose.

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"Yesterday, we received a big amount of Pfizer vaccines, but the syringe delivery was a bit late. I communicated this to the Minister of Health and the ministry has sent additional syringes," Pranowo informed after chairing the COVID-19 Handling Evaluation Meeting in Central Java.

He also reminded all regional heads to check the expiration date of the COVID-19 vaccines.

"I hope there is no expired vaccine in Central Java. We remind areas with a lot of AstraZeneca stock, such as Magelang district. Beware of the expiry date; do not repeat the same mistake like last month," he said.

If one region has many vaccines nearing the expiration date, the local government must calculate daily vaccination ability, he advised.

"Otherwise, I will ask the local government to immediately hand over the vaccine quota to other areas that need it," he said.

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Translator: Wisnu Adhi N, Resinta S
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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