Bali aims to vaccinate 2.8 million people by end of June

Bali Governor Wayan Koster, second from right, during a press conference in Denpasar. Photo: Bali Provincial Government
Bali Governor Wayan Koster, second from right, during a press conference in Denpasar. Photo: Bali Provincial Government

Bali Governor Wayan Koster says his administration is aiming to vaccinate at least 2.8 million people in 100 days, as officials seek to reach at least 70 percent of the province’s population to achieve herd immunity. 

Nearly 140,000 people have so far been vaccinated, according to provincial government data, more than 44,000 of whom have received both of the required two doses since the province started inoculating people in mid-January. 

“I am working on getting more than 2.8 million people vaccinated as soon as possible,” Koster said at a press conference in Denpasar. 

The official timeline began yesterday on March 23 and is slated to wrap up on June 30, with 28,602 people targeted for daily vaccinations. This means Bali will require about 5.72 million doses of vaccines. Koster said that the province currently has 710,480 doses ready to be administered, including 200,000 doses from AstraZeneca. 

Indonesia has so far used only CoronaVac, developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac, but is beginning to administer AstraZeneca vaccines this week.

Koster explained that officials might start using public facilities as vaccination centers, as long as they fulfill certain logistical requirements, such as having internet connection, tables, and chairs, while also considering the availability of medical workers to carry out the main task. 

Bali reportedly has 716 vaccinators on duty, with thousands of others providing support in the mass vaccination program, comprising both health workers and non-health workers.

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