Government targets administering first dose to 60 percent of populace

Government targets administering first dose to 60 percent of populace

A worker checking the quality of COVID-19 vaccine. (ANTARA/REUTERS / Thomas Peter/pri/FR).

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Health is striving to ensure that 60 percent of the province's population has received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in November 2021, COVID-19 vaccination spokesperson Siti Nadia Tirmizi stated.

The spokesperson noted here on Tuesday morning that the requirement to lower the Public Activity Restriction (PPKM) level is related to the vaccination achievement.

The government is ensuring that COVID-19 vaccine stocks in Indonesia are currently sufficient to achieve that target, she noted.

"This is because vaccine delivery from the producers in right on schedule," she remarked.

Tirmizi affirmed that the military and police would continue to be involved in conducting the vaccination, particularly in the outermost, remote, and underdeveloped (3T) areas.

"Support from the military and police is a form of effort to expand the vaccination process for the people," the spokesperson expounded.

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Tirmizi believes that several regions where the vaccination rate was still low was not due to the slow inoculation process.

"However, perhaps a strategy strengthening move is necessary to ensure that the vaccines do not cross their expiry date, and we also expect that the people would not be picky about the vaccines," she affirmed.

On a separate occasion, epidemiologist Iwan Ariawan remarked that the 60-percent first dose vaccination target had already been achieved on November 7, 2021.

However, the vaccination scope is not yet the same in all provinces, he pointed out.

Despite this, Ariawan remains optimistic that the involvement of the military and police, civilian organizations, and community would facilitate the achievement of the first dose vaccination target in an egalitarian manner.

"However, provinces where the figure is still at 40 percent or below, such as West Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, North Maluku, West Papua, Southeast Sulawesi, Maluku, Aceh, and Papua, it would be difficult for them to reach 60 percent this November," he noted.

The epidemiologist stated that President Joko Widodo  had set the target to prevent a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases during the Christmas and New Year holidays in addition to keeping the pandemic in Indonesia under control.

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