JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Indonesia's President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo set an ambitious target of vaccinating as many as 7.5 million residents in Jakarta by the end of August to achieve herd immunity.
Jakarta, where the first two confirmed cases were detected in March 2020, is currently the largest epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia.
Despite the ambitious target, Jokowi wants it to be realized because the sooner herd immunity is formed, hopefully, the pandemic will end soon.
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"I have also told the Jakarta Governor that by the end of August, 7.5 million residents in Jakarta must be vaccinated. This is indeed an ambitious target," said Jokowi when visiting a vaccination center in Tanah Tinggi low-cost apartment in Central Jakarta on Monday, June 14.
Accompanying him were Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin, and Central Jakarta Mayor Dhany Sukma.
To achieve the target, the president has instructed the local administrations of all levels to work hard. This program must also be supported by all public health centers and hospitals in the capital city.
"The people interaction in Jakarta is high so is the people mobility, therefore the speed of mass vaccination program will help stem the spread of the Covid-19," he said.
The Covid-19 vaccination held at Tanah Tinggi, one of the crowded areas in Jakarta capital, was intended for the general public and people with disabilities. The people interaction in the area is very high so that the vaccination program must be prioritized.
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