President Jokowi Orders Regional Governments to Speed Up Vaccination in S. Kalimantan
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has urged regional governments in South Kalimantan Province to accelerate vaccination in order to achieve national vaccination target of 70 percent of the country’s population by the end of this year.
Citing data from Ministry of Health as of 21 October 2021, the first dose of vaccine has reached 34.37 percent of residents in the province, while 20.53 percent are already double-jabbed.
“We hope that 70 percent of the population have been vaccinated at the end of December this year. I was also briefed by Governor of South Kalimantan that the vaccination progress in regencies and cities in the province has only reached 33 percent,” the President said during a dialogue via video conference at Dr. H. Moch. Ansari Saleh Regional General Hospital, Banjarmasin city, South Kalimantan, Thursday (21/10).
For the record, the vaccination was also held simultaneously in 12 other regencies/cities in the province.
According to a representative of Tanah Laut regency, vaccination progress in the regency has been slow.
“Today’s vaccination target is 1,890 people. As of yesterday, as many as 2,603 people have been vaccinated, which makes the total of vaccinated people in the regency remains low at around 23.08 percent,” the representative of Tanah Laut regency said.
Echoing a similar sentiment, a representative of Tapin regency revealed that the current vaccination progress in the regency has only reached 25.8 percent.
However, a number of regencies/cities in South Kalimantan are optimistic that they can achieve vaccination target by the end of this year.
“Insyaallah, we will reach the target of 70 percent by November, Mr. President,” the representative of Banjarbaru city said.
On that occasion, the President also ordered regional governments to join hands with precinct police (Polres) and military district commands (Kodim) to speed up vaccination so the vaccine can provide maximum protection to the public.
“I have talked to Head of the Provincial Health Office to immediately tell the center once the vaccine stock runs out and report it to Minister of Health or me. We will send it according to the needs needed by South Kalimantan province,” he remarked. (BPMI of Presidential Secretariat/UN) (RIF/EP)