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

JAKARTA (BLOOMBERG) – 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.

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.

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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