“The first stage will be given to around 1.3 million medical workers as well as 17.4 million officials. The next group will be 21.5 million elderly aged 60 and over,” said Ministry of Health spokesperson Dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi.
She added that the second stage, which lasts from April 2021 to March 2022, will focus on members of the public between the ages of 18 to 59 and others.
“63.9 million of the vaccines are earmarked for those in society that we deemed vulnerable to Covid-19, while 77.4 million vaccines are set aside for those who acquired Covid-19 from clusters. However, this depends on the availability of the vaccine.”
Nadia added that the vaccine’s use on comorbid recipients with one or more pre-existing conditions are also pending.
She also asserted that the Ministry will send messages for those eligible to receive the vaccines. Indonesia also ordered vaccines from pharmaceutical companies like CanSino, AstraZeneca, and Novavax.
Indonesian Medical Workers Suffer Highest Covid-19 Death Rate in Asia
The Indonesian Doctors Association has announced that Covid-19 has taken a toll on the country’s health workers, as the pandemic killed 504 professionals in the sector since it was first detected in Indonesia last March.
“The number of fatalities among Indonesia’s health workers are among, if not the highest, in Asia,” said IDI spokesman Adib Khumaidi in a press release on Saturday, January 2. “52 of them died in December.”
“The number also makes Indonesia among the top five countries in the world with the highest Covid-19 deaths among medical workers.”
Adib noted that doctors make up the majority of deaths with 237, followed by nurses with 171. He added that most of the dead come from East Java province with 101, followed by Jakarta with 68.
Adib continued his bleak report by adding that the risk of Covid-19 transmission in Indonesia is the highest yet with a 29.4 percent positive ratio. He urged more compliance with health protocols to contain the pandemic.
Indonesia has 758,473 Covid-19 cases since the virus was detected in Indonesia in March 2020.
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