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Jakarta Post

Indonesia has limited vaccine supplies. Is it prioritizing the right groups?

  • Ardila Syakriah
    Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 17, 2021   /  08:35 pm
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Medical workers undergo mass vaccination at the Senayan sports complex in Central Jakarta, on Feb. 4. Questions have emerged about priority recipients of the vaccine at a time when supplies are still scarce.(JP/P.J.Leo)

As the supply of COVID-19 vaccines remains limited in Indonesia, one look at the priority groups that the country has lined up for immunization could reveal the direction that the government is going in its pandemic response.  The government has rolled out the second phase of its vaccination campaign targeting approximately 38.5 million people from various groups, ranging from the elderly and security personnel to athletes and tourism workers.  The number of doses available by mid-March, amounting to some 18.5 million doses, is expected to be enough to cover inoculation for 9 million people, said Maxi Rein Rondonuwu, the Health Ministry’s acting director general for disease control and prevention, on Monday. Just a day later, however, Bio Farma president director Honesti Basyir said that the state-owned pharmaceutical firm would only be distributing 7.5 million d...