Indonesia started rolling out its first phase of vaccination in January. Since then, the COVID-19 task force recorded at least 10,966,934 citizens have been vaccinated as of Monday (Apr 19). The Indonesian government is striving to win the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and inoculate 40,349,049 people by the middle of this year.
Of the total vaccine recipients, about 6,050,732 have received their second shots, the task force reported. Started on January 13 this year, the nationwide vaccination program will extend up to March 2022. During the period, the government is targeting to inoculate at least 181.5 million people, comprising 1.3 million paramedics and 17.4 million public sector workers in 34 provinces, ANTARA reports.
Even amid vaccine rollouts, Indonesia has been reeling under the impact of the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled economies across the globe. Indonesia’s public health and economy have suffered a major blow, and some sectors, including travel and tourism, have been severely battered by the pandemic.
To revive the tourism sector, the Indonesian government is seeking to implement a travel bubble scheme with some countries, including Singapore. In the first stage of its implementation, the Indonesia-Singapore travel corridor will officially run between Singapore and Bintan, Riau Islands.