Jakarta (ANTARA) - Booster vaccination coverage among older adults nationally has only reached 27.2 percent so far, according to Government spokesperson for COVID-19 Handling Wiku Adisasmito.

"For older adults, the coverage of complete dose vaccinations is 79 percent, and the booster dose (vaccination coverage) is 27.2 percent," he noted during the Development of COVID-19 Handling in Indonesia online event, accessed here, Wednesday.

Meanwhile, among children aged 12 to 17 years, the full dose vaccination coverage has reached 90.4 percent, while the booster dose coverage has only reached 2.5 percent.

Based on data, Central Java Province is ranked first as the destination province for the Eid homecoming exodus, with the number of homecomers, who will leave for the province, reaching 23.5 million or 27.5 percent of the total homecoming crowd.

Currently, the booster dose vaccination coverage in Central Java has reached 17.5 percent.

East Java Province ranked second and will become the destination for 16.8 million or 19.6 percent homecomers. The province's booster vaccination coverage has reached 14.2 percent so far.

In the third position is West Java -- not including Bogor, Depok, Bekasi -- that will become the destination for 14.7 million or 17.2 percent homecomers. The booster dose vaccination coverage in West Java has reached 32.3 percent.

Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi (Jabodetabek) will become the destination for 5.9 million or seven percent homecomers. The booster dose coverage in Jabodetabek has so far reached 32.2 percent.

Adisasmito stressed that the booster dose coverage must be increased, as there are only two exodus destinations that have reached the target of 30-percent coverage.

The spokesperson urged all provinces to increase their COVID-19 vaccination coverage, as there are some provinces whose second dose vaccination coverage has not reached 70 percent.

The Indonesian government recently announced its decision to allow people to travel to their hometowns to celebrate Eid al-Fitr this year in view of the improving COVID-19 situation in the country.

The trips will be allowed as long as prospective homecomers complete their primary and booster vaccinations. Those who have not received the booster dose will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test result.

According to the Ministry of Transportation's survey, 85.5 million citizens will partake in the Eid homecoming exodus.
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