Mar. 2 - A total of 1,720,523 Indonesians have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or an increase of 28,799 people as of March 1, 2021, with the provision of the first dose of vaccine.
Based on data from the COVID-19 Handling Task Force received in Jakarta, Monday, of the 1,720,523 people, a total of 1,002,218 people have been given the second dose of vaccine, or an increase of 3,779 people as of March 1, 2021.
The Indonesian government has determined that as many as 181,554,465 of the total population of Indonesia will be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the government is targeting as many as 1,468,764 health workers to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.
Apart from health workers, the government has also started giving vaccines to other groups including religious leaders, public service officials, journalists, street vendors, and traders in traditional markets.
The Indonesian government is targeting 70 percent of Indonesia's population to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to create herd immunity in the country.
Immunity of individuals and groups is important in order to provide protection from infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 and to reduce the rate of transmission of COVID-19.
In the current vaccine administration, one person needs two doses of vaccine, so if the target of vaccination is nearly 181.6 million Indonesians, then around 363 million vaccine shots are needed. (Antaranews)