Indonesia Receives Another 1.8 Million Doses of Sinovac Vaccine
Date 14 September 2021
The Government again secured another 1,808,040 doses of ready-to-use Sinovac vaccine that landed at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten, on Tuesday (14/09).
The vaccine is received through the COVAX Facility multilateral cooperation. The arrival of the 61st batch reflects the Government’s commitment to continue to meet national vaccine demand through bilateral and multilateral channels.
“The arrival of 1.8 million doses of Sinovac vaccine ensures our vaccine stock is safe,” Operation Assistant to Chief of the Indonesian National Police Insp. Gen. Imam Sugianto said in virtual press statement on the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine.
With this arrival, Indonesia has obtained more than 243 million doses of vaccine, both in form of raw materials/bulk and ready-to-use vaccines. He also added that about 73 million people in the country have been vaccinated or about 35 percent of the national vaccination target of 208 million people.
Therefore, in accordance with the direction of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) and National Police (Polri) also take part in making efforts to boost national vaccination rate and coverage, especially for the elderly and adolescent age groups by organizing vaccinations for the public.
“In supporting these efforts, the Polri and TNI have carried out a number of programs, including Vaccination Raid (Serbuan Vaksin), Independent Vaccine (Vaksin Merdeka), Mobile Vaccination, and various activities in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, such as Islamic boarding schools, places of worship, universities, communities, and so on,” Imam said.
Imam also stated that the number of vaccines that had been distributed to Polri in February-September 2021 reached 36.7 million doses, with the number of people vaccinated reaching 22 million. “In order to support the Vaccination Raid, we have assigned 5,371 Polri personnel as vaccinators with 2,153 Polri’s outlets,” he added.
In addition, he also urged the people to remain disciplined in implementing strict health protocols and comply with the rules of public activity restrictions (PPKM) set by the Government. “We must not let our guard down despite the recent drop in COVID-19 cases,” he remarked. (FID/AIT/UN) (GWH/MMB)