Gov’t to Intensify Vaccination Drive as Omicron Case Increases

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 25 Januari 2022
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In a bid to curb the spike in cases of Omicron variant, the Government continues to intensify vaccination drive including the primary vaccination (the first and second dose of COVID-19 vaccine) and booster vaccination (the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine).

According to Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan during a press conference after attending a limited meeting on public activity restrictions (PPKM) evaluation (01/24), the Government will continue to improve vaccination rate in Java and Bali islands. As of today, the first dose coverage for general public has reached 91 percent while the first dose coverage for the elderly has reached 75 percent.

Moreover, the Coordinating Minister also said that the vaccination rate of the first dose for children [aged 6-11] in Java and Bali islands has reached 69 percent.

On that occasion, Luhut urged regional leaders to boost the second dose vaccination drive in order to provide protection for the people against Omicron variant.

The Government also called on the people who have met conditions to get the third dose of vaccine (booster vaccine) to immediately participate in vaccination drive at locations set by the Government.

Luhut emphasized that the Government will continue to impose PPKM as an instrument to control COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia. Thus, regional leaders are ordered to comply with the PPKM levels set by the Government in order to prevent a negative impact in the future. Moreover, in terms of preparedness of Indonesia’s health system to face the spike in Omicron cases, Luhut underscored that the Government has been prepared for dealing with it.

However, public discipline in observing health protocols and complying with the Government’s rules are main keys in curbing the case rate. (DND/AIT/UN) (AP/MMB)

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