Jakarta (ANTARA) - A total of 56,107,904 Indonesians have received a first booster or the third vaccine dose against COVID-19 infections, according to the Health Ministry.

Indonesia added 272,114 new recipients of booster dose in a single day on Sunday, the ministry said.

In addition, as many as 170,099.599 Indonesian people have received second vaccine dose , or an increase of 43,905 from the previous day.

The number of people who have received the first vaccine shot has reached 202,478,708, or an increase of 35,497 people from that on Saturday.

The country has set a target of providing COVID-19 vaccine shots to a total of 208,265,720 people.

The Ministry of Health has issued Circular Letter Number HK.02.02/C/3615/2022 that was addressed to all regional heads in Indonesia regarding second booster shot targeting a total of 1.9 million healthcare workers.

The second booster vaccination drive is implemented starting July 29, 2022.

Booster doses provide additional immunity when the immune response from the first two vaccine doses has decreased over time.

The second booster is given at an interval of six months after the first booster .

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