Want Herd Immunity to Form Immediately? Don’t be picky about the COVID-19 vaccine!

Suara.com – Deputy Health Minister Dante Saksosno Harbuwono said herd immunity was one way for Indonesia to get out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, to achieve herd immunity, he asked the public to speed up vaccination and not be picky about the COVID-19 vaccine that was injected.

“Public communication continues to be carried out so that people do not choose vaccines, and the best vaccine is the vaccine that we can get the fastest,” said the Deputy Minister of Health at a virtual press conference.

In addition to these appeals, the government has also revised policies related to the time lag between the second vaccination and booster dose vaccination to accelerate herd immunity.

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“What was previously six months after the second vaccination, has now been revised to three months. It is hoped that it can accelerate the occurrence of herd immunity in the community,” said Dante.

Overall, the Deputy Minister of Health reported that as many as 54 percent of the Indonesian population had received a complete dose of COVID-19 vaccination.

On the same occasion, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said that the Greater Jakarta and Greater Surabaya areas had been lowered to level 2 following the condition of the development of daily COVID-19 cases which continued to improve.

However, the Deputy Minister of Health noted that there were still five provinces that showed an increasing trend of daily active cases, namely Aceh, East Nusa Tenggara, Southeast Sulawesi, Gorontalo and North Kalimantan.

Meanwhile, based on President Jokowi’s direction, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto stated that the quarantine period for Umrah pilgrims and foreign travelers (PPLN) was reduced to one day. [ANTARA]

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