The government continues to encourage the administration of booster vaccines to face the Omicron variant
Jakarta (ANTARA) - More than 6.3 million Indonesian adults have received COVID-19 vaccine boosters, accounting for 3.5 percent of the 181.5 million targeted recipients, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto informed here on Thursday.

"The government continues to encourage the administration of booster vaccines to face the Omicron variant," he added.

Meanwhile, 187.6 million or 90.1 percent of the 208.3 million targeted recipients have received the first dose and 133.5 million or 64.1 percent have received the second dose of the vaccine, the minister informed.

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Among the 34 provinces in the country, Jakarta has logged the highest vaccination coverage, with 12.4 million or 147.4 percent of the targeted 8.4 million people receiving the first dose and 10.3 million or 122.6 percent receiving the second dose, he said.

Jakarta has also recorded the highest number of booster dose recipients at 900 thousand or 12.3 percent of the targeted recipients, he added.

"The number of Omicron cases in Jakarta is the highest in Jabodetabek (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi). To increase immunity, third dose vaccination is needed," he stressed.

Hartarto said he will continue to encourage booster vaccination campaigns in various parts of the country so local residents are better prepared to face the Omicron variant of COVID-19

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He assured that booster vaccination campaigns have run well based on observations at state and private vaccination centers in several parts of the country, including the Indofood Tower in Jakarta.

The five-day third dose vaccination campaign in the area aimed to target 500 to 600 people per day, he informed. However, on the first and second days of the vaccination drive, nearly one thousand people were vaccinated, he said.

The booster vaccination campaign was conducted in cooperation with the Health Ministry, the National Police, PROJO, Yellow Clinic, Indofood, ACA Asuransi, and Indomaret, he added.

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Translator: Astrid Faidlatul H, Suharto
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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