He said herd immunity could be achieved when 70 percent of the population had been vaccinated against Covid-19. Therefore, the Covid-19 vaccination is mandatory for those who have been screened.
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Meanwhile, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin expressed hope that the elderly would follow the steps taken by Ma'ruf.
“The vice president shows a very good example to the elderly in Indonesia. Hopefully, our seniors will follow,” said Budi.
Vaccination, he said, is not only aimed at protecting ourselves, but also our family, neighbors, and the whole community.
“We have to vaccinate 70 percent of the total population. So, social function is much greater than individual protection," he said.
Deputy Health Minister Dante Saksono Harbuwono said that no significant side effects have been reported so far as the government has vaccinated more than a million citizens.
“We will accelerate the Covid-19 vaccination program so that 70 percent or 181.6 million people of our total population will be vaccinated in 12 months,” he said.
(Writer: Deti Mega Purnamasari | Editor: Bayu Galih)