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Jakarta Post

Jakarta aims for 75.2% coverage in 'massive' COVID-19 vaccination drive amid 2-week spike

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Two health workers take part in a vaccination training simulation on Jan. 13, 2021 at Tambak Maternity Hospital in Jakarta, with one giving and the other receiving the "vaccine".(Antara/Aprillio Akbar)
Nina A. Loasana
Jakarta   ●   Fri, January 15, 2021

Jakarta, the epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 epidemic, kicked off its vaccination drive on Thursday following record daily highs over the past two weeks.

Jakarta Health Agency head Widyastuti said at a press briefing on Jan. 14 that the city aimed to vaccinate 7.9 million people to achieve herd immunity. "It's our largest vaccination drive. Our previous mass vaccination program was only designed [to inoculate] 2 million people," said Widyastudi, without indicating the year or the targeted disease of the previous program.

Based on the official population of 10.5 million, this works out to 75.2 percent of Jakartans getting the jab.

An article published on Johns Hopkins’ COVID-19: School of Public Health Expert Insights states: &ldquo...

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