JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Indonesian government has announced that it will inoculate 67 percent of the country’s population. Officials drew up the plans as the Covid-19 cases surged to more than 600,000 cases nationwide.
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto estimated that the vaccines will be prioritized for those of working age.
“We aim to inoculate more than 107 million people between the ages of 18 and 59, out of 160 million people in that age bracket,” he said in a press release on Friday, December 11.
Terawan estimated that the ministry will need 246 million vaccines to meet the target.
“We plan to allocate an initial batch of 73.96 million doses for 32 million people, or two doses per person, in a government program. The second batch of 172 million doses will be allocated for 75 million people in a privatized initiative.”
The former general said that the government program will cover health workers, police and military personnel, and vulnerable members of society.
The privatized initiative will cover Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS) holders or other insurance, and the general public.
“The vaccines have a wastage rate of 15 percent in accordance with WHO guidelines. This includes spare or unused vaccines, as well as lost or damaged doses. The rest can be used as emergency stock in case of shortages,” he said.
Meanwhile, Parliament’s Commission 9 on Demographic Affairs, Health, Manpower and Transmigration urged the government to increase recipients in its vaccine program.