Over Half Million Indonesian Health Care Workers Receive Covid-19 Vaccine: Senior Minister
Nearly 600,000 health care workers in Indonesia have received the Covid-19 vaccine as of January 31, a senior minister confirmed on Sunday.
“As many as 594,409 health care workers or 34 percent of the total target have been vaccinated,” said Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto during a virtual discussion held by Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University on January 31.
Airlangga said that the number is expected to continue to increase until the government can provide vaccines to one million people per day.
The mass inoculation program could be done with a sufficient number of vaccinators. Currently, 30,000 vaccinators and 8,000 hospitals are ready to support the mass vaccination program in the country.
“Vaccination is a game-changer effort. Indonesia has enough vaccinators and we have government hospitals. We hope that with a sufficient number of vaccinators, we can vaccinate around 1 million per day,” he said.
A total of 1.3 million health care workers will receive the vaccine from January to February this year. Once it is done, the government will carry out vaccination on 17.4 million workers, followed by 63.9 million people comprising the elderly and vulnerable community.
“The program is expected to be done in 2021,” he said.