Prioritize vaccine booster in settings with high social interaction

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Coverage of the first dose in Central Sulawesi is 86%, while the second dose is 48%. Therefore, please expedite delivery of the second dose immediately to track the percentage of the first dose

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged the Central Sulawesi Provincial Government along with the National Police (Polri) and Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) to prioritize the administration of the COVID booster vaccine -19 in regions with high social interaction.

“We need to administer the COVID-19 booster vaccine in regions with strong social interactions,” Jokowi remarked while reviewing COVID-19 vaccination in 17 provinces via video conference from the presidential palace in Bogor, Friday.

Apart from administering the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Jokowi also highlighted the vaccination coverage at around 48% for the second dose in Central Sulawesi.

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He urged the Central Sulawesi provincial government to accelerate vaccination coverage in the region with the help of TNI and Polri.

“The coverage of the first dose in Central Sulawesi is 86%, while the second dose is 48%. Therefore, please expedite the delivery of the second dose immediately to track the percentage of the first dose,” said Jokowi said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief of Central Sulawesi Regional Police Brigadier General Hery Santoso claimed that the implementation of vaccination in Central Sulawesi was carried out by administering vaccines in public places.

Additionally, the government is working with the community to administer the COVID-19 vaccine by implementing house-to-house vaccinations targeting the elderly group.

Vaccinations have also been scaled up in mountainous areas to reach wider recipients, Santoso said.

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As of February 18, 2022, some 86.6% of Central Sulawesi residents had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 48.15% of them had been fully vaccinated, while vaccine recipients COVID-19 boosters had reached 1.5% of target.

Santoso also reported that vaccine stocks in Central Sulawesi were still sufficient, with 221,101 doses. He revealed that another 88,000 vaccines would arrive in Central Sulawesi on February 19.

The Central Sulawesi provincial government and TNI-Polri aim to administer 21,350 doses of the vaccine daily.

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