Jakarta (ANTARA) - Ministry of Health's spokesperson, Mohammad Syahril, called on shopping center or mall managers as well as public transportation operators to reopen the COVID-19 vaccination center service.

"Actually, the government has provided facilities for vaccination, starting from puskesmas (public health center) to clinics and hospitals," he noted at a virtual press conference on Zoom on Friday.

"I believe that it would be very nice if stations, airports, and malls open them as well," he stated.

Syahril called on the government to boost the vaccination program once again, specifically the booster dose to the targeted population.

The vaccination coverage is currently on a decline. As of September 15, 2022, the total number of vaccination participants reached 56,023, he stated.

This figure was a drastic decline from the condition during the March-April period when it reached almost 1.4 million participants per day.

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However, it should be acknowledged that booster vaccination administration does not increase as fast in March and April since booster becomes a requirement for homecoming, he stated.

The efforts to expedite booster vaccination by opening vaccination centers will involve all related parties, such as the military, police, and also private parties, he noted.

This effort can improve the vaccination figure in addition to the provision of information to the people, so that they are willing to support this vaccination, he explained.

Until September 15, 2022, the total first dose coverage reached 203.92 million participants; second dose, 170.55 million participants; and third dose or booster, 62,080,191 participants.

During the event, Syahril also confirmed that three residents of Depok, West Java Province, and Tangerang, Banten Province, who had come in close contact with the first confirmed monkeypox patient in Indonesia, were in good health.

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