Epidemiologists Reveal The Cause Of Covid-19 Vaccination Is Still Far From The Target

Merdeka.com – Covid-19 vaccination in Indonesia is still far from the target set. As of today at 12.00 WIB, only 23,905,335 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been given to the public from the target of 380 million doses of vaccine.

Epidemiologist from the Faculty of Public Health, University of Indonesia (FKM UI), Pandu Riono said, there were two things that caused Covid-19 vaccination to not reach the target. First, the stock of the Covid-19 vaccine in Indonesia is limited.

“(Covid-19 vaccination) is still slow due to limited stocks,” he told merdeka.com, Thursday (20/5).

The second reason is that the supporting infrastructure for Covid-19 vaccination and vaccination is still minimal. Pandu suggested that the government immediately change the priority targets for Covid-19 vaccination to achieve herd immunity or community immunity in the country.

The targets that must be prioritized to get the Covid-19 vaccine are the elderly, not the productive age group or public service workers.

“Do not be of productive age or workers, focus on the elderly in Java, Bali and provincial capitals outside Java,” he explained.

Apart from the targets, the government also needs to change the Covid-19 vaccination strategy. According to him, the government should mobilize nurses and doctors to become Covid-19 vaccinators.

“Deploy nurses to vaccinators, not just doctors,” he said.

Previously, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said that only 23 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine had been injected into the public. That figure is still far from the injection target of 380 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

“Until now we have injected 23 million doses of vaccine from the plan that we want to do, approximately 380 million doses of vaccine. This is still a long way off,” he said at the Jababeka Industrial Area, Cikarang, Bekasi Regency, West Java, Tuesday (18 / 5).

In order to accelerate the achievement of herd immunity, Jokowi has encouraged mutual cooperation vaccinations to begin. The Covid-19 vaccine for the mutual cooperation vaccination program began arriving in the country since last month.

“From the commitment that we should have received approximately 30 million today, we just got it, until today only 420,000 have arrived,” he said. [fik]


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