Indonesia starts mass vaccination for journalists with president observing

A woman receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine during a mass vaccination campaign in Jakarta, Indonesia, Feb. 24, 2021.​ (Photo: Xinhua)

JAKARTA-- Indonesia started its mass COVID-19 vaccination for journalists on Thursday morning with President Joko Widodo observing the activity in Jakarta.

The president said around 5,500 people have been vaccinated after observing the vaccination for journalists, which was scheduled to take place from Thursday to Saturday.

"We hope this (vaccination) will provide protection for media persons, especially those in the fields, who often interact with the public, often interact with sources," he said ealier at the National Press Day.

The head of state further said the vaccination of this group was not only carried out in the capital city of Jakarta but would also be implemented in other provinces across the country.

Indonesia began the mass COVID-19 vaccination on Jan. 13, with a target of 181.5 million people until next year, to create herd immunity and end the pandemic.


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