Jakarta expands Covid-19 vaccination to those 18 years and older

Indonesia has administered more than 40 million shots so far. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

JAKARTA (BLOOMBERG, REUTERS) - Indonesia's capital will let those aged 18 years and older to start getting vaccinated against Covid-19 as the government seeks to speed up its inoculation programme.

The Health Ministry has sent a letter to the provincial government to allow this, Ms Siti Nadia Tarmizi, the spokesman for the government's Covid-19 task force, said by text message.

Indonesia has administered more than 40 million shots so far, with the doses given to priority groups such as health workers, civil servants, the elderly and those with disabilities.

Indonesia on Wednesday (June 9) reported 7,725 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily number since Feb 26, bringing the total number of cases to 1.87 million, data from the country's Covid-19 taskforce showed.

The task force also reported 170 people died from Covid-19 on Wednesday, taking the total to 52,162.

South-east Asia's largest economy seeks to give out one million shots a day to reach its goal of inoculating more than 180 million people to reach herd immunity.

During a visit to Depok, south of Jakarta, the president said he wanted vaccinations to hit a targeted 700,000 doses a day this month and then rise again.

"So in July, we can achieve the vaccination target per day of one million," said the president, who is widely known as Jokowi.

The government has struggled to ramp up vaccination among the elderly, with the Health Ministry even offering shots to the young if they help bring in those aged 60 years and older to get inoculated.

It has reached less than 17 per cent of the targeted number of elderly people since opening the programme to the age group in February.

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