December 30, 2020, 02.07 AM

KOMPAS.com – To achieve herd immunity, the Indonesian government is aiming to inoculate 181 million citizens aged 18 and older.

Newly-appointed Indonesian Health Minister, Budi Gunadi Sadikin explained in a YouTube video uploaded on the State Secretariat channel that out of 269 million people, there are 188 million citizens aged 18 and above.

After excluding individuals with pre-existing conditions, those who have been infected by Covid-19, and pregnant women, the figure then stands at 181 million Indonesians.

While news awaits when such a target will be achieved, the Indonesian capital city is battling a massive problem with the epidemic.

With a caseload of 177,604 Covid-19 patients in Jakarta as of Dec. 28, Jakarta’s medical community and facilities are becoming increasingly overwhelmed with the continuous rise in fresh infections.

Jakarta hospitals are facing a shortage of medical workers dealing with Covid-19 patients on top of a land shortage for burial sites of Covid-19 victims in East Jakarta.

In separate news, the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) recorded 2,925 natural disasters that happened in Indonesia from Jan. 1, 2020, until Dec. 28, 2020.

Head of BNPB, Doni Monardo stated that hydrometeorological disasters and tornadoes have been the most common type of natural phenomenon in the country this year.

1. Indonesia to Vaccine 181M Citizens to Achieve Herd Immunity

Indonesian Health Minister, Budi Gunadi Sadikin stated that the country will need 426 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to vaccinate 181 million citizens plus have some spare vaccinations in stock.

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