Jakarta Plans to Vaccinate 7.9 Million People against Covid-19

    Sri Yanti Nainggolan - 14 January 2021 13:42 WIB
    Jakarta Plans to Vaccinate 7.9 Million People against Covid-19
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    Jakarta: The Jakarta Health Agency plans to vaccinate around 7.9 million people against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes covid-19, as it is set to begin covid-19 vaccinations on Friday.

    "A total of 7.9 million people between the age of 18-59 will receive the vaccine in Jakarta," said Jakarta Health Agency Head Widyastuti in a statement on Thursday.

    According to the official, they consist of 130 thousand health workers, 500 thousand public servants, 3 million people at high risk of covid-19, 2 million workers and entrepreneurs, and 980 thousand elderly.

    "Meaning, Jakarta needs 15-16 million doses," she stated.

    For the record, the covid-19 vaccinations will be carried out for around 182 million Indonesians to obtain herd immunity and will be carried out in stages with the first priority being health workers as the frontline in handling the pandemic.

    On Wednesday morning, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) became the first person who officially received covid-19 vaccine in Indonesia.

    Early this week, the Sinovac covid-19 vaccine obtained the emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) and halal fatwa from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).

    Besides Sinovac, Indonesia will also procure covid-19 vaccines from other manufacturers and multilateral programs.

    (WAH)

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