Health Minister: 169 Million Doses of Vaccine Distributed to Regions
As many as 169 million doses of vaccine have been distributed to the regions, Minister of Health Budi Gunadi has announced.
“To date, Ministry of Health has received 190 million doses of vaccine. (A total of) 169 million [doses] have been distributed to provinces, regencies and cities,” said Budi in a press statement on the latest development of the public activity restriction (PPKM) policy, Monday (20/9).
According to him, of the total dose of vaccine that have been distributed, 125.7 million doses have been inoculated to the public, adding that since September the injection rate has increased by ten million per seven days.
“We have also reached the target of vaccinating 35 percent of the population. 75 million people have received the first shot and around 45 million people have received the second jab,” he explained.
The Minister went on to say that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has set the target of giving vaccination for at least 70 percent of residents in all provincial capitals in October.
To date, only seven out of 34 provinces that have reported at least 70 percent of their residents already receiving the first jab.
President Jokowi, the Minister added, has also ordered his Ministers to accelerate vaccination in two provinces where the coverage of the first dose is still below 20 percent, namely West Sumatra and Lampung provinces.
“There are still two provinces, namely West Sumatra and Lampung, which we will focus on so that we can quickly reach 20 percent of the target population that is injected with the first dose,” said the Minister, adding that his Ministry has redistributed around 15 million doses of vaccine to the regions.
“This week, we will deliver another 15 million [vaccine doses]. So the total available stock this week which can be used by all regencies / cities is around 60 million doses,” he remarked. (FID/TGH/UN) (EST/EP)