Anita Permata, Raka Adji, Jakarta – The number of Indonesian citizens who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 has reached 166.49 million as of Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health.
The number of fully vaccinated citizens or those who have received two doses of the vaccine increased by 85,293 on Thursday to reach 166,492,274, the ministry informed in a press release received by ANTARA here on Thursday.
Meanwhile, as many as 26,357 citizens received their first vaccine dose on Thursday, taking the total number of first dose recipients to 199,741,802.
In addition, the number of people who received the booster or third dose swelled by 208,203 to touch 43,222,983, the ministry reported.
As part of efforts to boost community immunity against COVID-19, the Indonesian government launched a nationwide vaccination program on January 13, 2021, targeting as many as 208,265,720 citizens across the country.
Earlier, government spokesperson for COVID-19 handling, Wiku Adisasmito, had pointed to a downward trend in the number of daily cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia despite a continued increase in people's mobility.
"People's mobility in Indonesia, especially in the retail and recreation sectors, has continued to show an increase from last March until now, and this increase was not followed by an increase in daily cases," the spokesperson noted at a press conference accessed online here on Wednesday.
According to Adisasmito, this shows that Indonesia has managed to tackle COVID-19 transmission in the community despite public mobility being currently the highest amid the pandemic.
Based on data on COVID-19 cases nationally, Indonesia's pandemic situation has continued to show an improvement in terms of active cases and recoveries, he noted.
The first case of COVID-19 in Indonesia was confirmed in March 2020. According to data from the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, as of May 19, 2022, the nation recorded a total of 6,051,850 COVID-19 cases, 5,891,574 recoveries, and 156,510 deaths.