COVID-19: Asking Local Governments to Expand Coverage of Booster Vaccines

We are tired of asking local governments who have not achieved their booster target of 30% (coverage), especially in areas where cases are still surging.

JAKARTA (ANTARA) – The COVID-19 Handling Task Force has urged local governments to expand the coverage of third or COVID-19 booster doses, especially in areas where coronavirus infections are surging.

At a virtual press conference that followed from here on Thursday, Professor Wiku Adisasmito, coordinator of the task force’s team of experts, said the government’s current focus is on encouraging communities to complete their COVID-19 vaccinations. said. booster dose.

“We are not tired of calling for boosters to local governments that have not achieved their 30% coverage target, especially in areas where cases are still surging,” he said.

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In particular, he focused on provinces such as Banten, East Java and Central Java, where COVID-19 cases are still increasing significantly, and called for urgent expansion of the booster dose range.

The role of local leaders, such as governors, mayors and district heads, is very important down to the neighborhood level and includes encouraging the public to get vaccinated. For normal adults he is 1 month, for elderly he is 3 months.

“In principle, governments have always disseminated information, protected communities and maintained high herd immunity,” he stressed.

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As part of efforts to boost community immunity to COVID-19, the Indonesian government launched a nationwide vaccination program on January 13, 2021. President Joko Widodo became the first person to be vaccinated under the program.

Overall, the government aims to vaccinate 234,666,020 citizens nationwide.

According to data provided by the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, as of August 18, 2022, as many as 203,037,880 Indonesians received the first dose, 170,558,244 received the second dose, and 58,929,057 received the booster dose. received.

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