Covid-19 Vaccines Doses 1 and 2 Can Now Use Different Types – The Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) said that the Covid-19 vaccine dose 1 and dose 2 no longer need to use the same 2 brands of vaccines.

This was revealed directly by the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, that currently the government has implemented the heterologous method to accelerate the Covid-19 vaccination program.

“Currently we apply the heterologous method, so we no longer need to wait for a certain type of vaccine for the second dose of vaccine or it must be the same as the type of the first dose of vaccine. Whatever is available can be used as a second vaccine,” said Nadia at a press conference, Wednesday (8/8). 3/2022).

This not only applies to the second dose of vaccine, this heterologous concept also applies to the booster vaccine or the third dose of vaccine.

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illustration of COVID-19 vaccination. [Envato Elements]
illustration of COVID-19 vaccination. [Envato Elements]

It can also be applied to repeat vaccines, namely to people whose first dose of Covid-19 vaccine is more than 6 months apart. So he had to repeat the Covid-19 vaccine from the first dose.

“So now there is no need to wait for a certain type of vaccine, but it can be combined with other types of vaccines to accelerate the push for the Covid-19 vaccination program,” said Nadia.

As is known, at this time Indonesia has not yet achieved the complete Covid-19 vaccination target for its 208 million population. The details as of March 7, 2022, only 192 million people or 92 percent of people vaccinated dose 1, and 148 million people or 71 percent of the target for dose 2 vaccination.

On the other hand, the government also targets that by the end of March 2022, 95 percent of the 2-dose vaccination target can be achieved.

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