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Indonesia plans to vaccinate entire target population this month

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Jakarta. The Indonesian government is determined to vaccinate the entire target population against Covid-19 by the end of this month, a spokeswoman said on Saturday.

At least 92% of the more than 208 million eligible citizens received at least one dose of the vaccine on Saturday, according to government figures.

“We plan to vaccinate 100% of the target population with at least a single dose by the end of March,” said health ministry spokeswoman Siti Nadia Tarmizi.

Government data also reveals that 70.7% of the target population are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

“But we won’t stop there. Our goal is to fully vaccinate at least 70% of the entire Indonesian population eventually. The booster dose is also publicly available and can be taken within three months of the last shot,” Siti added.

The largest country in Southeast Asia is home to over 273 million people.

The government has expanded the vaccination group to children as young as six years old. It is believed that when 70% of the total population is fully vaccinated, the country will achieve so-called population immunity against Covid-19.

“The administration of the second dose to citizens is the most important achievement of our efforts to bring this pandemic under control,” she said.

Indonesia has seen a dramatic increase in the number of new cases in the latest wave of infections triggered by the Omicron variant since early January, but data suggests the country passed its peak in mid-February.

It recorded 30,156 new cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 5.7 million cases, including 149,918 deaths.

The main concern is that the country still has more than half a million active cases of Covid-19 although a large majority of them do not require hospitalization.

Hospital bed occupancy is currently at a manageable 30% nationally.