March 15, 2021, 10.37 AM – The Covid-19 vaccine is currently in high demand and low supply in Indonesia. Therefore, the government through Health Minister called on the public to be patient.

Meanwhile, as the Balinese Hindus observed the Day of Silence or locally known as Nyepi, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo posted a special message on his Instagram account.

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Indonesians Urged to be Patient as Covid-19 Vaccine Remains Limited

Indonesia’s Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin called on the public to be patient while waiting for the Covid-19 jab as vaccine supplies are currently limited.

The Covid-19 vaccine is currently in high demand and low supply in the country.

“Be patient, there must be a priority in the first semester. We are fighting for the acceleration in the second semester,” Budi said in a webinar titled “I am ready to get vaccinated” held by the Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University Alumni on Sunday, March 14.

He said the government plans to get 426 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to meet the immunity of 70 percent of the country's population or 181.5 million people. Each Covid-19 recipient will receive two doses to provide full vaccination.

However, he added, from January to June this year only 80 million doses were given to the public.

“We could only vaccinate 40 million people out of 181.5 million because the vaccines are limited,” he said.

He said that the government has set a target of administering 1.5 million doses per day in the second semester or a threefold increase from the first semester.



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