JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - At least 66.86 million Indonesians have received the third dose or first booster of the Covid-19 vaccine as of Thursday, Dec.1, according to the National Covid-19 Task Force.
The task force recorded that the number of first booster recipients grew by 237,450 on Thursday, bringing the total tally to 66,862,019.
Meanwhile, the number of second dose recipients rose by 119,410 to 174,239,124, and the number of first dose recipients was recorded at 203,715,848.
Then, the number of fourth dose or second booster recipients--mainly health workers—increased by 68,288 to 863,582 on Thursday.
To boost community immunity against Covid-19, the Indonesian government launched a nationwide vaccination program on Jan. 13, 2021. President Joko Widodo was the first vaccine recipient under the program.
The government is targeting to vaccinate as many as 234,666,020 people against the virus.
According to the Ministry of Health, the government is currently focusing on increasing the coverage of the first booster dose vaccination, which is currently still low.
"Of course, there is a plan to give the second booster to the general public, but right now, we are focusing on expediting the (administration of the) first booster," the ministry's director general of disease prevention and control Maxi Rein Rondonuwu said.