Indonesian Covid-19 Vaccine Will Be Available in Large Numbers in Mid 2021
Indonesia will continue to stockpile Covid-19 vaccines throughout the year, in line with President Joko Widodo’s aim to vaccinate up to 182 million Indonesians against the pandemic by 2022. But the head of state admitted that the goal proved challenging.
“Currently, the number of Covid-19 vaccines is in short supply. Hopefully the stockpiles for the vaccines will be sufficient by the middle of 2021, or by the second half of the year,” said the president, who is also known as Jokowi, on Saturday, February 20.
“We hope to have at least 30-40 million doses of the vaccine by June or July.” Jokowi also noted that the 30 thousand designated vaccinators from the Ministry of Health will be reinforced by 9 thousand vaccinators from the Indonesian Police and the military.
“If we can get 40 thousand vaccinators who can inoculate 30 people, then that number will amount up to 1.2 million people.” Indonesia will also receive 4.6 million doses of the AstraZeneca, though their distribution is still deliberated by the Ministry of Health.
Jokowi also admitted that “215 countries, including Indonesia, are competing to get as many Covid-19 vaccines as they can,” he asserted. “That is why it is more imperative for us to help one another. It will also not deter us from reaching our vaccination target.” Indonesia plans to vaccinate 182 million people by 2022 to gain herd immunity from Covid-19.
The government also aims to reduce the chances of Covid-19 transmission through health protocols and aggressive testing, tracing, and treatment.