Jakarta begins administering COVID-19 shots to the general public using AstraZeneca vaccine

An Indonesian health worker holding a COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Health Ministry
An Indonesian health worker holding a COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Health Ministry

Jakarta has begun administering COVID-19 shots to people aged 18 and above, becoming one of the first provinces in the country to target the general public in its mass vaccination drive.

As stated in a press release by the Jakarta Provincial Government, starting May 5, health authorities in the capital have begun administering the AstraZeneca vaccine to the general public. 

At this time, the city is prioritizing shots to anyone over the age of 18 who are living in densely populated neighborhoods and high-risk areas for COVID-19 transmission. In addition, the elderly and essential workers will continue to get their shots.

“Starting May 5, all COVID-19 vaccinations funded by the government and carried out at Jakarta Provincial Government health facilities, such as puskesmas (community clinics), hospitals, clinics, vaccination centers, and outside of puskesmas will utilize the AstraZeneca vaccine for the first dose. The AstraZeneca vaccine is administered over two doses with a 12-week interval,” Jakarta Health Agency chief Widyastuti said.

Widyastuti added that Jakarta has received 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Health Ministry, and is expected to receive 1 million more in the early stages of the vaccine’s rollout to the general public.

Other than Jakarta, Bali has also begun rolling out the AstraZeneca vaccine to the general public this week.

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