JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Jakarta is set to make good use of its batch of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines, before the doses expire at the end of June, as the Indonesian Ministry of Health announced that the capital will vaccinate all persons aged 18 and up with the vaccine,
Indonesian Ministry of Health spokesperson for the Covid-19 Vaccine Siti Nadia Tarmizi said the vaccination drive will start on Wednesday. “The mass vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine is specified for Jakarta residents. The drive will be based on the vaccine’s availability,” she asserted.
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Jakarta Health Services Department Head for Disease Control and Prevention Dwi Oktavia reiterated Nadia. “The Ministry of Health authorized the vaccine drive with the AstraZeneca vaccine, after the Jakarta Provincial Administration requested for the move.”
The Ministry said the vaccination drive was caused by a number of factors, such as “the 7.62 percent increase in Covid-19 cases over the past week, which showed that transmission rates in the capital remain high,” the document went.
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“Another factor was because the Covid-19 vaccinations already reached its third stage which focused on the vulnerable. And third, Jakarta’s should lead the way in attaining herd immunity, due to its standing as Indonesia’s capital.”
The move comes as President Joko Widodo ordered the daily rate of vaccinations to increase from the daily average of 300 thousand earlier this year to 700 thousand this June. The President hopes to increase he daily vaccination rate to one million persons starting this July.
(Writer: Haryanti Puspa Sari | Editor: Diamanty Meiliana)
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